The Best Lgbtq Writing Contests of 2022

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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Saints and Sinners Short Story Contest

Saints and Sinners

The winner will be selected from submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Two second place prizes of $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: October 01, 2022


Genres

LGBTQ, Short Story

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Saints and Sinners Poetry Contest

Saints and Sinners

The winner will be selected from submissions of original unpublished poems by LGBTQ+ writers on the general theme of RAIN.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Two second place prizes of $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: October 15, 2022


Genres

LGBTQ, Poetry

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Henshaw Short Story Competition

Henshaw Press

We are a small group of writers, editors, lecturers and of course readers who wish to actively support creative writing. We run quarterly competitions throughout the year with closing dates at the end of March, June, September and December. Our aim is to encourage as wide a range of writing as possible and competitions are open for any subject and any style.

Top prize

$260

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: March 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Travel

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Oxford Flash Fiction Prize

Oxford Flash Fiction

Write yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. For centuries, the greats have come to Oxford to ink masterpieces. Now, in one of the oldest towns, where the history of the English language can be traced back to its ancient streets, we want to celebrate one of the newest forms in literature – flash fiction.

Top prize

$1,300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Travel

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Between Man and God

Arts Lounge NYC

In most West African countries, queer people live in constant fear, abused by both public and private agencies that refuse to acknowledge their rights to live and love freely. This contest and anthology celebrates their tenacity and their refusal to be silenced. Honorarium will be given to the top three best selected entries to acknowledge the excellency of their craft and to encourage visibility through writing. All shortlisted submissions will be published.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

$750 for second place, $500 for third

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: September 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, LGBTQ, Non-fiction

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J. Michael Samuel Prize for Emerging Writers Over 50

Lambda Literary

The J. Michael Samuel Prize honors emerging LGBTQ writers over the age of 50. This award is made possible by writer and philanthropist Chuck Forester, who created it out of the firmly held belief that “Writers who start late are just as good as other writers, it just took the buggers more time.” The prize will go to an unpublished LGBTQ writer over 50 working in any genre.

Top prize

$5,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ

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Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

Lambda Literary

Dedicated to the memory of author and journalist Jim Duggins, this prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come.

Top prize

$5,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, LGBTQ, Novel

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Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary has played a pivotal role in nurturing the development of exceptional new LGBTQ writers through the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, internships, and writing and performance opportunities. The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers.

Top prize

$1,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ

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Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary’s Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, in memory of the beloved activist and author, honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction authors. The award will go to a writer committed to nonfiction work that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history.

Top prize

$2,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Non-fiction

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Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction

Lambda Literary

The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ writers of fiction. The award will go to a Black LGBTQ writer whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history. To be eligible, the winner of the prize must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking work.

Top prize

$3,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Novel

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PFD Children's Queer Fiction Prize

Peter Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting middle grade (aimed at readers aged 8-12) and chapter books (aimed at readers aged 6-8) fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Fiction, LGBTQ

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PFD YA Queer Fiction Prize

Peter Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting YA fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Novel, Young Adult

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PFD Adult Queer Fiction Prize

Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by Okechukwu Nzelu and agent Cara Lee Simpson. Accepting fiction samples for upmarket and literary fiction across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, LGBTQ, Novel

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Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Contest

Queer Sci-Fi

Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words. The theme for 2022 is "Clarity".

Top prize

$75

Additional prizes

Top 3 stories published in an ebook

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, LGBTQ, Science Fiction

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Lambda Literary Award

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary Awards celebrate the best LGBTQ books published in a given year. Submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to LGBTQ lives. Lambda Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity except in the case of the special awards that mark specific stages of an individual LGBTQ writer’s career.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, LGBTQ, Novel

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Lumiere Review Writing Contest

Lumiere Review

The Lumiere Review is back with our annual Writing Contest! We accept both poems and prose (fiction, nonfiction) from all writers. That said, we particularly encourage emerging writers, as well as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, disabled, or other marginalized groups to submit to our contest. We will actively promote writers with these backgrounds.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in Lumiere Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Poetry, Short Story

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