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Writers of the Future

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Fantasy, Science Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 2015, the Red Hen Nonfiction Award seeks to recognize the art of true story-telling through literary craft. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Genres

Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Poetry Prize

Fish Publishing

The top ten poems of the annual Fish Poetry Contest will be published in Fish Anthology. First prize winnner will receive the cash reward and the second prize winner will receive a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers ' Reatreat.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Fish Anthology

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $14

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 6,000 words. All entries are considered for publication. Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

Annual Flash Fiction Competition

Flash 500

This quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$400

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

Short Story Prize

Gemini Magazine

Open to any subject, writing style or genre. Stories can be 6 to 6,000 words long.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Gemini Magazine

Genres

Short Story, Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $8

Winter 2021 Story Contest

Narrative Magazine

Narrative Magazine's Winter Contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. They're looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$2,500

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $27

Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry

Frost Farm Poetry

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the 2021, 11th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2021 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $6

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry

The Lascaux Review

Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication online in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in the annual print journal.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Lighthouse Poetry Series

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for the Lighthouse Poetry Series. The Lighthouse Poetry Series publishes contemporary poetry from poets with any history of publication. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Randall Mann.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Royalty contract

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $28

Horror and Fantasy Short Story Contest

Pressfuls

Write an original story between 2,000 and 10,000 words in the Horror or Fantasy genres for the chance to win a cash prize.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$50

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Indiana Review Poetry Prize

Indiana Review

Winners of the Indiana Review poetry contest receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. You may submit up to three poems. All entries are considered for publication. Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

The Plough Prize

The Plough Arts Centre

Now in its eighteenth year, the Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

£500, £250

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

The Caterpillar Prize

Caterpillar Magazine

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. This year’s judge is none other than Michael Morpurgo!


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Caterpillar

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $14

The Rubery Prize

Rubery Book Awards

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

£200, a write-up

Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $60

Poetry Awards Contest

TCK Publishing

The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website. TCK Publishing recognizes poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on TCK Website

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers' Prize

Nowhere Magazine

We are looking for never-been-published travel writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—fiction, nonfiction, essay or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place, people and time.


Deadline March 31, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

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 and Mark Doty. Poetry submissions should be 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems), and fiction submissions should be 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel).


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Killer Nashville

Every year, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales. While we cannot guarantee that winners and finalists of this award will receive publication, dozens of winners & runners-up of the Claymore award have gone on to find great success in their careers and many of them attribute that success to this award.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

Publishing contract

Additional prizes

Discounted admission to Killer Nashville, introductions to agents/editors

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $40

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

This contest seeks today's best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Humor, Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

New Deal Writing Competition

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of GVCA as inspiration for their short story. The application portal for submissions will be open from March 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Artsphere Magazine

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer's Digest

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$8,000

Additional prizes

A feature in Writer's Digest

Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $99

Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Sunspot Literary Journal

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga, meaning “it’s not there.” For 2021, Sunspot Lit is launching "Geminga" to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Sunspot Lit for winner, runners-up & finalists

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Essay, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $6

Tusculum Review Fiction Prize

The Tusculum Review

We seek manuscripts consisting of a single story between 2,000 and 6,500 words long. Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Tusculum Review, creation of a limited edition chapbook

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Tusculum Review Established/Emerging Prize

The Tusculum Review

We seek collaborative works between oft-published and newer writers or artists. We are also interested in the joint projects of professional equals. The possibilities interest us; we see writing as a team sport and reject the image of writers as isolated masterminds. Each manuscript should consist of a single work of between 8 and 26 double-spaced pages.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Tusculum Review

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

Alpine Fellowship

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization. A maximum of 2,500 words per entry.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

£10,000

Additional prizes

£3,000, £2,000, invitation to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Dream Quest One Poetry

Dream Quest One

This poetry contest is open to everyone and international. We hope that you are inspired to display the beauty and art of poetry for the entire world to see your "gift of a dream."


Deadline April 05, 2021

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Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

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 April 05, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

The Pinch Literary Awards

The Pinch Literary Journal

Pinch is a literary journal run by the MFA students at the University of Memphis. In their annual contest, two winners are selected from each category of fiction and poetry. Only unpublished entries are considered.


Deadline April 07, 2021

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Pinch

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

2021 Screenplay & Short Script Competition

Showcase

The Scriptation Showcase is the screenwriting competition that circulates winners’ scripts to the widest range of Hollywood directors, showrunners, and producers. The early you apply, the lower the entry will be.


Deadline April 11, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

1 Year Scriptation Showcase

Genres

Script Writing,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $44

Travel Writing Competition

Globe Soup

We’re looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing of 2,000 words or fewer. Your entry can be in the form of an article, opinion piece, destination guide, literary non-fiction, memoir, or any other form of non-fiction travel writing.


Deadline April 13, 2021

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Top prize

£1000

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Memoir, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $11

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Desperate Literature

The aim of the Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why we’ve teamed up with fourteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a cash prize and writing retreats but to ensure that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries.


Deadline April 15, 2021

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Week's residency in Italy, a consultation with a literary agent

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

Parsec Short Story Contest

Triangulation

The theme for the 2021 contest is: Still Waters, Deep Thoughts. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue…the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing. All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres and no more than 3,500 words.


Deadline April 15, 2021

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in the 2020 Confluence program book

Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

The Bath Short Story Award

Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Alison Woodhouse

The International Bath Short Story Award, is currently organised by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Alison Woodhouse. Launched in 2012 the BSSA has rapidly become established as one of the prominent short story competitions in the UK receiving over fifteen hundred world-wide entries each year and producing a yearly anthology of short-listed and winning authors.


Deadline April 19, 2021

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Top prize

£1200

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story, Young Adult,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers

Welcome to the 29th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes.


Deadline April 30, 2021

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Top prize

$3,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20