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Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

Red Hen Press

This award is for a previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. Minimum word count for submissions is 45,000, and the maximum is 80,000.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by Red Hen Press

Poetry Contest

Public Poetry

Respond to the theme of “work” with poems that reflect activities, experiences, feelings, thoughts, the way that work impacts your life, etc. Maximum length is 40 lines.

TOP PRIZE

$1,074

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Jane Martin Poetry Prize (UK)

Girton College

A UK-only competition for young poets (aged 18-30 years). The winners receive a cash prize of Β£700 and have an opportunity to give a reading at a celebratory event at Girton College.

TOP PRIZE

Β£700

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry is made possible by the generous support of Amazon.com. Along with the cash prize, the grand prize winner receives publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.

TOP PRIZE

$5,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by University of Massachusetts Press

AWP Prize for the Novel

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works β€” and is open both published and unpublished authors alike. Along with the cash prize, the grand prize winner receives publication by the New Issue Press.

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by New Issue Press

Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press

Emerging writers are welcome in all categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication. Most entries run from 1000 – 5000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Glimmer Train

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works β€” and is open both published and unpublished authors alike. Along with the cash prize, the grand prize winner receives publication by the University of Georgia Press.

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by University of Georgia Press

Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize

Online Writing Tips

A short story contest open to all international writers: “We want fiction that makes us laugh or cryβ€”or both.” Submissions should be unpublished and 1000-4000 words long.

TOP PRIZE

Β£100

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication on onlinewritingtips.com

The Restless Books Prize For New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books

Restless Books is looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses identity in a global age. Submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories.

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by Restless Books

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