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Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words.


Deadline April 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $21

Trio Award for First or Second Book

Trio House Press

Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.


Deadline April 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Trio House Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Very Short Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 - 3000.


Deadline April 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories,

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $16

Your Laugh Line's Most Humorous Book Awards

Your Laugh Line

We are awarding the best humorous book published in 2017.


Deadline April 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$500

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Genres

Fiction, Humor, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

International Sweek Feminist Campaign: #HerStory

Sweek

Your story can be on any topic, as long as it meets two rules: 1) the protagonist is female and 2) the story does not exceed 5,000 words (both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction). Winning stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book from us.


Deadline April 15, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

Published via Sweek self-publishing

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Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

New Deal Writing Competition

Livingston Arts Center

Short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration.


Deadline April 02, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Published in Livingston's annual magazine

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Essay Collection Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

All essay collections are welcome for submission in Cleveland State University's Essay Collection Competition, regardless of the author 's previous publications. Manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.


Deadline March 31, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and standard royalty contract

Genres

Essay, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $28

First Book Poetry Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

Manuscripts are eligible for Cleveland State University's First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of his or her poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.


Deadline March 31, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and a standard royalty contract

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $28

The Booksie 2018 Poetry Contest

Booksie

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We're looking for poems will attract reader's attention as we will feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.


Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Cultural Weekly

Named in honor of great poet and teacher Jack Grapes, the prize opens for submissions on June 28, 2018. You may submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems.


Deadline August 31, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women on Writing

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning.


Deadline August 31, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$400

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Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $1

The End of Our World

aftermath magazine

Stories exploring the ongoing collapse of human civilization as a result of our destruction of the environment.


Deadline August 31, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

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Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

The Apparitionist National Ghost Story Competition

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

Submit your story of 5,500 words or less. Head Judge for this competition is Michael Zam Co-Creator, Producer and Writer of FX's hit show Feud: Bette & Joan! Get read by a Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated writer! Win a cash prize of $200, get publication on the school's website, and an overnight stay if you are out of N.C. area to hear your story read on Halloween night in a staged reading!


Deadline August 27, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $1

Sweek FanFiction Competition

Sweek

Unexpected twists, story endings you always dreamt about, new qualities of your favorite heroes€ this is SweekFanFic contest and all of this is allowed!


Deadline August 26, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Political Data Insights Contest

Dig3st

Criteria: < 3 minute reads (~750 words or less) and at least one element of original data visualization (infographics OK). Submissions must be in one of the following categories: Crypto, Commodities, Venture, Sci/Tech, & Politics.


Deadline August 15, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

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Genres

Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Oregon Book Awards

Literary Arts

Oregon Book Awards are available for original work published or produced in the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children 's Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Graphic Literature.


Deadline July 09, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$3,500

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Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

2018 Arizona Literary Contest

Arizona Authors' Association

Published works can be submitted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction and Children 's Literature. Publishing date must be 2016 or 2017. Unpublished works can be submitted in the categories of Poetry, New Drama, Essay/Article/True Story, Short Story and Unpublished Novel. The top four finalists in all categories except New Drama will be published or featured in the Arizona Literary Magazine 2018. The winning New Drama script will be published in its entirety.


Deadline July 02, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

Nomination for the Pushcart Prize

Additional prizes

Publication in Arizona Literary Magazine 2019

Genres

Essay, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Nowhere Magazine Spring 2018 Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazie

Seeking travel-specific pieces that possesses a powerful sense of place, character or time. Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest winner are eligible.


Deadline July 01, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

Munster Literature Center

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the two winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".


Deadline June 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Chapbook publication with 50 free copies

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Impress Prize

Impress Books

Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words. We accept both fiction and non-fiction across most genres (excluding poetry and children 's fiction, however we will consider Young Adult submissions).


Deadline June 29, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

£500 advance

Additional prizes

Publishing contract with Impress books

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Eyesland International Short Story Contest

Strange Days Books

The theme of the contest this year is "Luggage." First prize: A week 's holiday in the island of Crete. First three winners ' stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English). All the stories of the Shortlist will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strangedays books.


Deadline June 20, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

A week holiday in Crete for two

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $1

The Paz Prize for Poetry

The National Poetry Series

The Center @ Miami Dade College will award one $2,000 prize every other year (in even years) for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident. The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify. Contest opens in May.


Deadline June 15, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

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Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $3

Dorset Fiction Award

Dorset Fiction Award

Welcome to the Dorset Fiction Award's bi-annual short story competition! We're looking for short stories, fewer than one thousand words in any genre and topic.


Deadline June 09, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in the yearly anthology and website

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

2018 Inkshares Horror Contest

Inkshares

We are aiming to publish and represent at least three novelists in the horror space. We 're modeling this contest after one we did in collaboration with the Horror Writers Association of America last October, which bubbled up some incredible debut authors that we are currently in the midst of publishing.


Deadline December 14, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

Publication and representation through Inkshares

Additional prizes

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Genres

Horror,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

2018 Inkshares Mystery & Thriller Contest

Inkshares

Welcome to the 2018 Inkshares Mystery & Thriller Contest. Books published in our previous contests have gone on to garner starred reviews in every publishing magazine, features in major book reviews including USA Today, and awards from organizations including the American Library Association. Some are in development for television and film at top networks and studios. So prospective mystery author, prospective thriller author‹or both‹we 're thrilled to have you participate and can 't wait to find out who we will be publishing and representing.


Deadline December 14, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

Publication and representation through Inkshares

Additional prizes

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Genres

Crime, Mystery, Thriller,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Better Than Starbucks 2018 Sonnet Contest

Better Than Starbucks

This contest is for a metrical sonnet. Your sonnet can be shakespearean, petrarchan, spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed. Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable. We'll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter.


Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Great Midwest Writing Contest 2019

Midwest Review

We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.


Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$500

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Genres

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

African Poetry Book Fund

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. Along with $1,000, the winner recives book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.


Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Fall 2018 Story Contest

Narrative Magazine

We 're looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.


Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$2,500

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Genres

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $26

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

FanStory

Share your story story (of 500 words or less) to enter this writing contest. Can you share a complete story with a limited number of words?


Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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Genres

Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

FanStory

Share your story story (of 500 words or less) to enter this writing contest. Can you share a complete story with a limited number of words?


Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

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Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Glimmer Train Contest 2018

Glimmer Train Press

Word count: 12,000 words, any shorter length stories are more than welcome. Open to all writers.


Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$700

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Horror Writing Contest

FanStory

Write a horror story to enter this writing contest.


Deadline November 10, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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Genres

Fiction, Humor, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

5-7-5 Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share a three line poem with a specific syllable count to enter this poetry contest.


Deadline November 06, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

Reed Magazine

The John Steinbeck Award for Fiction is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and all entries are considered for publication. Entries open on June 1st, 2018 and close November 1st, 2018.


Deadline November 01, 2018 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

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