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Drue Heinz Literature Prize

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution.

University of Pittsburgh Press

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$15,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

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Horror Writing

Share your best horror story for this horror writing contest.

FanStory

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Horror, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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North Street Book Prize

One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Length limit: 150,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2019.

Winning Writers

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $6

Genres: Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

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William Van Wert Award for Fiction

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified.

Hidden River Arts

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $17

Genres: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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William Van Wert Award for Fiction

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. The next round of submissions will open on February 1, 2019 and deadline on June 30, 2019.

Hidden River Arts

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $17

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

Each year, The Writer's Center awards $1,000 to the author of an exceptional first novel published in the previous calendar year. All first novels published in print in 2018 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses.

The Writer's Center

📆 Deadline June 28, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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Faith Poetry Contest

We are for poems that express faith for this poetry contest. Share your poem of any type to enter.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 25, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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This Sentence Starts The Story

For this writing contest we will provide you with your first sentence. So you can write about anything but your story must begin with the sentence that we provide. Cash prize to the winner.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 21, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest

Write a three line poem to enter this poetry contest. The poem should follow the 5-7-5 syllable count. So the first line has 5 syllables, second line has 7, third line has 5 again. Cash prize to the winner.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 18, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Narrative Prize

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.

Narrative Magazine

📆 Deadline June 15, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$4,000

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Narrative Prize

The $4,000 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.

Narrative Magazine

📆 Deadline June 15, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

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75 Words Flash Fiction

Write a story with only 75 words to enter this flash fiction writing contest. Can you share a complete story with only 75 words?

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 14, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Share Your Story

Share your story to enter this writing contest. What is your story? Share a moment in your life that stands out or a special event.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 06, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Minute Poetry

Share a Minute Poem to enter this poetry contest. A Minute is a three stanza poem that has a specific syllable count. Cash prize to the winner.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline June 03, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction

All stories in English no more than 8,000 words are eligible for submission of the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. $1000 and publication in Eckleburg to first place winner; publication to second and third place winners; listing of titles and names for finalists.

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

📆 Deadline June 01, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

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