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Exeter Story Prize

Creative Writing Matters

The competition is for stories of up to 10,000 (no minimum) on any theme. Includes the Trisha Ashley Award for humor.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$620

Additional prizes

Trophy

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Writers of the Future

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Fantasy, Science Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,250 in cash and prizes this November in our annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Memoir excerpts and personal essays up to 4,000 words accepted — no particular theme.


Deadline August 15, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Free registration to HippoCamp 2019

Genres

Memoir, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Diode Editions 2019 Full Length Book Contest

Diode Editions

Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Length: 55—85 pages (front matter is not included in page count). We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.


Deadline August 15, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication and 20 author copies

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $18

Diode Editions 2019 Chapbook Contest

Diode Editions

Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Length: 22—38 pages (front matter is not included in page count). We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.


Deadline August 15, 2019

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Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Publication and 20 author copies

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Contest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association

The 2019 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines), Short (11–49 lines), and Long (50 lines and more). Speculative poetry includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, and their subgenres.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Fantasy, Poetry, Science Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Emrys Press Chapbook Prize

Emrys Press

The Emrys Press Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible. The winning poet will receive a $1000 honorarium upon publication plus 20 copies of the book.


Deadline July 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and 20 author copies

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Marsh Hawk Press

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages. [Submissions open December 1, 2019]


Deadline April 30, 2020

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Marsh Hawk Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection Award

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of short stories. Previous publication of individual stories is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published stories, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the rights have reverted to you, as author.


Deadline July 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Press

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

Exeter Flash Fiction Competition

Creative Writing Matters

The competition is now accepting submissions for a story of not more than 750 words on any theme.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Trophy

Genres

Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

Trisha Ashley Award

Creative Writing Matters

Sunday Times Bestselling author, Trisha Ashley is once again offering an award for the best humorous story. Stories should be unpublished and up to 10,000 words. Part of the 2019 Exeter Story Prize.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Genres

Humor,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Ex Ophidia Fourth Annual Poetry Prize

Ex Ophidia Press

Manuscripts should be between 64 and 84 numbered pages including a title page and a table of contents. Single-spaced Word documents ONLY. The winning author shall receive a $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and 15 author copies

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Surrey International Writers ' Conference Writing Contest

Surrey International Writers ' Conference

The contest will be judged by Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. Story length: 2,500 — 5000 words.


Deadline September 20, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

The Tamaqua Award for a Collection of Essays

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of essays. Previous publication of individual essays is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published essays, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the publication rights have reverted to you, as author.


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

Genres

Essay, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

Booksie Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Booksie

Take a look at the picture provided. In 200 words or less, write a story about the image. The story can be any genre as long as it is based on the picture.


Deadline August 30, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Booksie winner badge

Genres

Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Booksie Short Story Competition

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make them laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one week of free Boosts.


Deadline November 29, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Booksie winner badge and a week of Boosts

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Literal Latte Awards

Literal Latte

Literal Latte currently offers five — count 'em, FIVE — annual writing contests. The only category left open for 2019 is their Essay Contest, but look out for more in 2020.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Hammond House International Poetry Prize

Hammond House

The theme for the 2019 competition - Leaving - is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, so please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges are looking for intriguing ideas and fresh voices. Top prize of £100.


Deadline September 20, 2019

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Top prize

$125

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Hammond House Screenplay Competition

Hammond House

The theme for the 2019 competition - Leaving - is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, so please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges are looking for intriguing ideas and fresh voices. Top prize of £100.


Deadline September 20, 2019

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Top prize

$125

Additional prizes

Trailers made for top three places

Genres

Script Writing,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Trio Award for First or Second Book

Trio House Press

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. [Submissions open November 1, 2019]


Deadline April 30, 2020

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for full-length short stories on a supernatural theme is now open for submissions! Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition. [Submissions open August 2019]


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Ghost Story website

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2019 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

WOW! Women On Writing

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style--from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.


Deadline July 31, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store

Genres

Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women On Writing

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.


Deadline August 31, 2019

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Top prize

$400

Additional prizes

Publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

Genres

Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Hammond House Short Story Competition

Hammond House

The theme for the 2019 competition - Leaving - is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, so please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges are looking for intriguing ideas and addictive prose. Top prize of £500.


Deadline September 20, 2019

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Top prize

$620

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2020 by Dzanc Books.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing in novel form.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2019

Coffee-House Poetry

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize awards £2,000 to winners judged by Irish poet Pat Boran and US-born poet and author Kathryn Maris.


Deadline October 21, 2019

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Top prize

$2,503

Additional prizes

Publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

The Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. [Submissions open September 1, 2019]


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Book publication

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms 2019 Essay Contest

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms asks students at Canadian colleges universities to answer (in 2500 words or less) the following question: Should Universities Police Student Behaviour At Private Events? This contest is open to students enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution as of January 15, 2019.


Deadline October 25, 2019

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Narrative Prize

Narrative Magazine

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The submission system is open all year.


Deadline June 15, 2020

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Top prize

$4,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group / AZURE

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 distinctions. Send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful.


Deadline December 20, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in AZURE

Genres

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

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $1

Five Words International Poetry Competition

Ó Bhéal

At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, Ó Bhéal 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.


Deadline July 23, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Words Vol XI

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Washington Prize

The Word Works

Each year, The Word Works awards a living American or Canadian poet $1,500, a generous supply of author copies, and book publication for a volume of original poetry in English. To enter, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages. [Submissions open January 15, 2020]


Deadline March 15, 2020

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. [Submissions open January 1, 2020]


Deadline February 15, 2020

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Sarabande Books

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $28

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes. [Submissions open August 15, 2019]


Deadline April 01, 2020

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Humor, Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

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