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Past-Year Memoir Contest 2018

Gotham Writers

Submit a 17-word memoir (true story) that reflects on 2017. Entry must consist of no more than 17 words.

Deadline: February 19th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Memoir, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication on Gotham Writers

Additional prizes

Free Gotham Writers Class

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Your Writing Life

The Writer

Write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.

Deadline: January 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Essay,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Writer

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Dream Quest One Writing Contest

Dream Quest One

The mission of this contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone having the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success! Remember, in whatever you do, "it's okay to dream," for dreams do come true...

 

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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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. (Previous online publication is fine.) Word count range: 300 - 3000.

Deadline: January 2nd, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $16

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Family Matter Contest

Glimmer Train Press

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Most entries run from 1000 to 5000 words but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Deadline: January 2nd, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Fiction, Memoir, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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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.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Marsh Hawk Press

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Novella-in-Flash Award

Ad Hoc Fiction

The goal of the Novela-in-Flash Award is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. There is a 6000 to 18000 word limit and each flash should not be more than about 1000 words.

Deadline: January 29th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £16

Genre: Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£300

Additional prizes

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Lorian Hemingway

Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-six year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts

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Raymond Carver Contest

Carve Magazine

Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Consideration from literary agents

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Essay Collection Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

All essay collections are welcome for submission in Cleveland State University's Essay Collection Competition, regardless of the author’s previous publications. Manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $28

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and standard royalty contract

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First Book Poetry Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

Manuscripts are eligible for Cleveland State University's First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of his or her poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $28

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and a standard royalty contract

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Inkitt Novel Competition

Inkitt

Do you have the next great novel? Submit it to Inkitt's Novel Competition for the chance to win their hefty prize basket including: a marketing campaign to get your novel in to Amazon's top 100, an investment of $6,000 into your book launch from Inkitt, professional cover design and editing, and 25% royalties. Each month a winner is selected for publication — so submit your story by the end of this month!

Deadline: January 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$6,000

Additional prizes

Publication and 25% royalties

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers

$2,000 is awarded each for the top story and the top essay. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category). The top 12 entries will be published online. The length limit is 6,000 words.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

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Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Almost 500 winners will be chosen from categoires incuding: spiritual/religious, memoir, personal essay, feature article, genre short story, literary short story, rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry, script, children's, young adult.

Deadline: May 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20 to $30

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

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference

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James Laughlin Award

Academy of American Poets

Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Along with $5,000, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members

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The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Southwest Review

Named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967-1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review. Open to any writer who has not published a book of fiction (either a novel or collection of stories). Stories can be up to 8000 words in length.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Southwest Review

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Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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Faith Poetry Contest

Fanstory

The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.

Deadline: January 20th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Sonnet Poetry Contest

Fanstory

The challenge of this contest is to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did.

Deadline: March 5th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Dribble flash fiction

Fanstory

A dribble is a flash fiction story that uses around 50 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using 50 words. The title does not count towards the word count. The submitted work must be between 48 - 52 words.

Deadline: April 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9,95

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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