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Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Flash 500

Now in its tenth year, this quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December 2019.


Deadline December 31, 2019

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Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $6

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

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

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Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights.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

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

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

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

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

#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

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