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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Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length.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

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

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers

Welcome to the 27th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes. [Submissions open from October 15, 2019]


Deadline April 30, 2020

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize

Southwest Review

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize is an endowment by Marilyn Klepak of Dallas in honor of her father, whose love of poetry has encouraged her to pass this love on to others. The contest is open to any writer who has not published a book of poetry. You may enter up to six poems, but they must be entered one at a time. Only unpublished, formal poems are eligible: sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, et al.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Southwest Review

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Horror Writing Contest

FanStory

Share a horror story to enter this writing contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner.


Deadline January 30, 2020

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Murder Detective Writing Contest

Pressful

Murder Detective Writing, 10,000 - 20,000 words. We choose the characters (two FBI Detectives). Writer chooses the setting, type of serial killer and type or murder(s) and victim(s).


Deadline December 31, 2019

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Pressfuls 2019 Short Story Contest

Pressfuls

Write a short story between 500 - 10,000 words in any of these genres: Gothic, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, or Adventure.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$50

Additional prizes

Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

InterAct Stroke Support

InterAct Stroke Support is a UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct's competition asks writers to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting.


Deadline December 02, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

5-7-5 Poem Contest

FanStory

Share a 5-7-5 poem to enter this poetry contest. A 5-7-5 is a simple poem to write. The first line of your poem will have 5 syllables. Second line has 7. Third line has 5 again. Cash prize!


Deadline January 04, 2020

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

2019 SFPA Poetry Contest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)

The annual SFPA Speculative (Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror) Poetry Contest is open to all poets, including non-members of the SFPA. Awards will be given across 3 categories.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Acrostic Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share an Acrostic poem to enter this poetry contest. See an example in the contest announcement. Cash prize.


Deadline November 08, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Nonet Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share a Nonet. This is a poem with nine lines and a specific syllable count. It's a fun poem to write. Cash prize to the winner. See the details and a sample poem in the contest announcement.


Deadline November 14, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

2-4-2 Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share a 2-4-2 poem to enter this poetry contest. A 2-4-2 is a three line poem that has a 2-4-2 syllable count.


Deadline November 30, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

TWF Very Short Fiction Contest 2019-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words.


Deadline October 15, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in New Orleans Review Web Features

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

TWF Poetry Contest 2019-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The contest is open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry with an ISBN number.


Deadline October 15, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Public reading at the next Festival

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

TWF One-Act Play Contest 2019-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Bayou Magazine

Genres

Script Writing,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

TWF Fiction Contest 2019-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Literature

Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Saints & Sinners Fiction Contest 2019-2020

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in anthology from Bold Strokes Books

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

7th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Ó Bhéal

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner.


Deadline January 28, 2020

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Momaya Poetry Competition

Momaya Press

Accepting poems on the theme of "Masks" up to 1500 words.


Deadline October 30, 2019

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Top prize

$70

Additional prizes

Published in the Momaya Short Story Review

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

Short Story Writing Contest

Short Story Land

All fiction genres are eligible. You can enter multiple stories, but you must submit a separate entry for each story.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $19

#GWstorieseverywhere

Gotham Writers

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere.


Deadline December 31, 2019

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Top prize

Gotham Writers Workshop

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Walt Whitman Award

Academy of American Poets

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.


Deadline November 01, 2019

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Graywolf Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $35

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

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.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Story in a Bottle Contest

Gotham Writers Workshop

Imagine a bottle rides the waves of the ocean until it finally washes ashore, where someone discovers the bottle, pulls out a cork, and... there is a message inside. Tell us what the message says in 27 words or fewer.


Deadline September 02, 2019 (Expired)

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Top prize

Free Gotham Writers Class

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Slackjaw Humor Writing Challenge

Slackjaw

Slackjaw is Medium’s most-read humor publication with 90,000+ followers, and we want your funny writing! We also want to support humor writers — and aspiring humor writers — everywhere. That’s why we’re announcing our first Humor Writing Challenge.


Deadline September 21, 2019 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Slackjaw

Genres

Humor,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

2019 Summer Flash Contest

The Writer

Summer seems like the right time to write short. Show us your very best work in any genre, fiction or nonfiction. The catch? We’ll only accept works that are 1,000 words or less.


Deadline August 15, 2019 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Writer Magazine

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Thomas Paine Award

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Defarge Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original book-length manuscript of political or social activist writing. This may be a full-length work, or a collection of essays/articles. This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.


Deadline August 30, 2019 (Expired)

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Defarge Press

Genres

Essay,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

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