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Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike, and all submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Thrilling Me Softly

Publishizer

A thriller, suspense, and mystery book proposal contest by Publishizer. Says their contest page, "Let’s not get technical about all the different genres and subgenres right now - we just want you to fill us with deep dread, to make our hair stand on end, to set our hearts pounding. Transport us to a world where the bogeyman exists, and could very well come after us. We dare you to scare the living bejeezus out of us." All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Nether Ether

Publishizer

As the end of 2017 approaches, Publishizer is hosting a book proposal contest in the genres of limitless possibilities and boundless creative freedom: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and everything in between. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1,000 words long.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Coffee-House Poetry

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize awards £2,000, publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website and an invitation to read at a Coffee-House Poetry reading in London in November to the winning poem.

Deadline: October 16th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: £6

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£2,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website

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Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Michigan State University

The Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize is a biannual poetry contest, awarding $1,000 and book publication to one established poet, and one new poet annually. Submissions are now open to authors of at least one full-length collection of poetry.

Deadline: October 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication

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Brick Road Poetry Book Contest

Brick Road Poetry Press

The first place winner receives a publication contract with Brick Road Poetry Press and $1000 prize, publication in both print and ebook formats, and 25 copies of the printed book. They may also offer publication contracts to the top finalists.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Brick Road Poetry Press

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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.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $35

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Graywolf Press

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Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

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Fiction Prize

Indiana Review

Winners of the Indiana Review short story contest receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. Stories can be up to 8,000 words and must be submitted between September 1st - October 31st. All entries are considered for publication.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

University of North Texas Press

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2018 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. This year’s judge will be Rosanna Warren. To avoid conflicts of interest, current or former students of the judge should not enter.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by UNT Press

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Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Winners are presented with opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

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Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Red Hen Press

The Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

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Flash Fiction Contest

Gemini Magazine

Open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 Issue of Gemini.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Gemini Magazine

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Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words. First prize wins $3,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $21

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train Press

The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 - 3000.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $16

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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St. Lawrence Book Award

Black Lawrence Press

Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Inspiring the World Writing Competition

The Epoch Times

The Epoch Times invites submissions of short (500-1,000 words), nonfiction articles that highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life’s surprises. There is no entrance fee. Each entry must include: an article, supporting media (photo, video), and a mockup of an awesome Facebook post to promote your inspiring story!

Deadline: August 21st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication on website

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George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest

Third Wednesday

The editors of Third Wednesday wish to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who guided fiction at TW from infancy to adulthood. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of The George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Until August 31, 2017 we will accept entries of previously unpublished stories of under 1000 words in length (including title).

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$150

Additional prizes

Publication

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Tanka Poetry Contest

Fanstory

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count. Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza, but we are keeping the format open.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Baum Indie Book Prize 2017

Kwill Publishing House

We are open to diverse and interesting fiction or non-fiction books of any genre including poetry and children’s books. We are looking for talented writers first and foremost, and a finished product that will stand out as exceptional indie publishing. Any age or background is welcome to enter.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

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