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New Beginnings

Our contest theme is โ€œnew beginnings." The prize will be awarded to the story that best captures the theme while demonstrating the principles of good storytelling presented in our self-paced course, Better Storytelling - currently available at no cost. The amount of enthusiasm expressed toward the story during the reading period will inform the judgment within.

Join our Story

๐Ÿ“† Deadline December 30, 2018 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$345

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Red Hen Press Fiction Award

The Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press.

Red Hen Press

๐Ÿ“† Deadline August 31, 2017 (Expired) โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

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Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

Frost Place

๐Ÿ“† Deadline January 05, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $28

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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Family Matters Contest

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction.

Glimmer Train Press

๐Ÿ“† Deadline January 02, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $18

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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2019 On Teaching Poem Prize

The On Teaching Poem Prize is a $1,000 prize, given to honor the best unpublished poem written about K_12 teaching and/or teachers. The winning poem is published in the Academy of American Poets popular Poem-a-Day series during May and published on Poets.org. A finalist will also be chosen and awarded $500.

Academy of American Poets

๐Ÿ“† Deadline January 01, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in "Poem-a-Day" series

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Ainsfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

Ainsfield-Wolf

๐Ÿ“† Deadline December 31, 2018 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

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Five Words International Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, รฎ Bh_al will post five new words. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for that week. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during the week.

รฎ Bh_al

๐Ÿ“† Deadline December 31, 2018 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Words Vol XI

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights. We are not concerned with genre distinctionsย‹send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful.

Lazuli Literary Group / AZURE

๐Ÿ“† Deadline December 31, 2018 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in AZURE

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

For every single entry received, we plant a tree in Bor_, Kenya. We 'll email you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed and we 've received confirmation of them from our Word Forest Coordinator. Short stories should be no more than 4,000 words and poetry should be no more than 50 lines.

The Word Forest Organisation

๐Ÿ“† Deadline December 31, 2018 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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Walt Whitman Award

The Walt Whitman Award is granted to an unpublished poetry collection. The prizes include $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. Submissions are accepted from September 1 through November 1 each year. The judge for the 2019 Walt Whitman Award is Li-Young Lee.

Academy of American Poets

๐Ÿ“† Deadline November 01, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $35

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Graywolf Press

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 17th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes. Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2019.

Winning Writers

๐Ÿ“† Deadline September 30, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $12

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Winners are presented with opportunities to expand their literary careers: ยฃ1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books. Submissions will reopen in December.

Aesthetica

๐Ÿ“† Deadline August 31, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $12

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story about anything. The trick is that your story can only be written using dialogue. So share a story of two characters talking. See the details and an example in the contest announcement.

FanStory

๐Ÿ“† Deadline July 05, 2019 โ€“ ๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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