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Flying South

Winston-Salem Writers

Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but authors must notify Flying South immediately and withdraw from the contest if their work is accepted elsewhere. Prizes include publication in Flying South 2018, Best in Category, and President's Favorite.

Deadline: May 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Flying South 2018

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Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Omnidawn Publishing

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book and chapbook contests wins an immediate cash prize as indicated above for each poetry competition, publication of the book by Omnidawn with a full color cover (unless the author prefers black and white), 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity.

Deadline: October 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $27

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication of book

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International Literary Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2018 PRECIOUS, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£100

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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International Poetry Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2018 PRECIOUS, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£100

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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The Writing District Contest

The Writing District

Free to enter monthly short story competition. Prize includes $50 and publication online. Short stories up to 3,000 words are accepted. Open theme.

Deadline: December 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$50

Additional prizes

Publication on The Writing District

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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.

Deadline: October 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Book publication

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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: December 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: €5

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

€500

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Words Vol XI

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The Brigthon Prize

The Brighton Prize

We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening. Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page. If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it. If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £8

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

£100 for the two runners up

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The Coming Change

The Writer

Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “change.”

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Writer Magazine

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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 20th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: €10

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

A week holiday in Crete for two

Additional prizes

Publication

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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 9th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £7

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Publication in the yearly anthology and website

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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 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

Chapbook publication with 50 free copies

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The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest

The Saturday Evening Post

In its nearly two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others. Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Sixth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in The Saturday Evening Post

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

Crab Orchard Review

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Deadline: July 8th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition

Crab Orchard Review

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through November 18, 2017. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Deadline: November 18th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Claremont Graduate University

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award was created in 1994, a year after the inception of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It is presented to a first book by a poet of genuine promise.  The Kate Tufts Discovery Award offers a hefty prize of $10,000 and is given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

Additional prizes

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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 29th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £25

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

£500 advance

Additional prizes

Publishing contract with Impress books

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