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The Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest

Berkeley Fiction Review

Submit pieces under 1000 words for a chance to be featured in the next issue of our journal as well as a cash prize of up to $150!

Top prize

$150

Additional prizes

2nd: $100 | 3rd:$50 | Honorable mentions: $25

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 05, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Tor House Prize for Poetry

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers. The contest is open to well-crafted poetry in all styles, ranging from experimental work to traditional forms, including short narrative poems. Poems should be no longer than 3 pages.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

$200 for honorable mention

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Open Prize

The National Poetry Series

The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American residents or American citizens living abroad.

Top prize

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication of full-length manuscript

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: March 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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BBC National Short Story Award

BBC with Cambridge University

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in an anthology by Comma Press. Previous alumni of the award include Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, and Jon McGregor.

Top prize

£15,000

Additional prizes

£600 (x4) shortlisted stories

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: March 13, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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The Plough Prize

The Plough Arts Centre

The Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject.

Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

2nd: £500 | 3rd: £250

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $7

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $27

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry, Short Story

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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!

Top prize

€1000 + 1 week at Circle of Misse in France

Additional prizes

2nd: €500 | 3rd: €250

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

All finalists in fiction and poetry will be published and paid at our standard publication rate. Semi-finalists in poetry will also be published and paid at our standard publication rate.

Top prize

$2000 + Publication

Additional prizes

2nd: $1000 + Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: April 01, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Novel

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The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

Alpine Fellowship

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2023 - Flourishing. The winner of the Writing Prize will receive a cash prize, and the runners up will receive travel expense support that must be used to attend our 2023 symposium which will be held from 10th-13th August 2023 in Fjällnäs, Sweden

Top prize

£3,000 cash grant

Additional prizes

2nd: £1,000 travel expense | 3rd: £1,000 travel expense

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: March 01, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Parsec Short Story Contest

Parsec Inc.

2023 Contest Theme is: Preserve or Purge. We ask that authors try and incorporate both concepts into their speculative work. 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.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

2nd: $100 | 3rd: $50

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 01, 2023


Genres

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

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The Adventure Writers Competition

Adventure Writers

Any novels between 50,000 and 200,000 words that are in the realm of action/adventure/thriller/mystery - and chocked-full of adventure - are welcome. New and previously published books welcome, though you must have sold or given away less than 10,000 books of the title(s) you enter. We do not accept sci-fi, fantasy, horror or young children's books. See our website for info on rules and entering.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Two AWC Finalist Awards: $500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $50

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Thriller, Mystery

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Fiction Factory Poetry Competition

Fiction Factory

This is a UK based competition but we welcome international entries. Poems should be 40 lines maximum. Entry Fee: $5 US ($12 for 3 poems) Top prize: 5 shortlisted poets will receive a supportive critique on their poems. One winner from that shortlist will receive a £100 ($125 US) cash prize, as well as feedback on 5 poems they have written, plus an hour-long mentorship Zoom call with the judge to talk about their poetry.

Top prize

$123

Additional prizes

Feedback on poems and a Zoom mentorship call

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 01, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Fiction Factory - Novel - First Chapter

Fiction Factory

The maximum length of the chapter must not exceed 5000 words (not including synopsis). If the chapters are short, we can except more, provided they remain within the word limit. The winning entry will be read by literary agent Joanna Swainson of the Hardman & Swainson Agency. Winning chapters (with the authors permission) will be published on our website. Results published: June 2023

Top prize

$610

Additional prizes

A reading by a top London Literary Agent plus publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Novel

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WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

WOW! Women On Writing

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The contest is open globally. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond!

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

2nd: $300 | 3rd: $200 | 7 runner-ups: $25 Amazon Gift Cards

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $12

Deadline: January 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction

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WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women On Writing

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Top prize

$400

Additional prizes

2nd: $300 | 3rd: $200 | 7 runner-ups: $25 Amazon Gift Cards

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Flash Fiction, Fiction, Short Story

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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Australian Book Review

The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Top prize

$AU6,000

Additional prizes

$AU4,000, $AU2,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: April 24, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Academy of American Poets

Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

Top prize

$25,000

Additional prizes

Publication and distribution of book

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $75

Deadline: May 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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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. Submissions are accepted January 1 through May 15 each year.

Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

The Lascaux Review

Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. True stories and prose poetry are welcome as long as they’re written in a narrative style. 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.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: June 30, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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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.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Letter Review Prize for Flash Fiction

Letter Review

The Letter Review Prize for Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words) is open to writers from anywhere in the world and has no theme or genre restrictions. Winners are published and every entry is considered for publication. 20 entries are Longlisted.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

2nd: $200 | 3rd: $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Flash Fiction

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The Letter Review Prize for Poetry

Letter Review

The Letter Review Prize for Poetry (up to 70 lines) is open to writers from anywhere in the world and has no style or subject restrictions. Winners are published and every entry is considered for publication. 20 entries are Longlisted.

Top prize

$400

Additional prizes

2nd $250 | 3rd: $150

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Letter Review Prize for Short Stories

Letter Review

The Letter Review Prize for Short Stories (1000-3000 words) is open to writers from anywhere in the world and has no theme or genre restrictions. Winners are published and every entry is considered for publication. 20 entries are Longlisted.

Top prize

$600

Additional prizes

2nd: $250 | 3rd: $150

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest

The European Society of Literature

The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest is a writing competition that seeks to find hidden talent in the literary scene. The contest will place heavy emphasis on works of deep meaning, aesthetic beauty and literary quality—just as Harold Bloom did. The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest accepts submissions of all types, whether it be an essay, a poem, a short story.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $3

Deadline: May 01, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Novel, Poetry

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Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Ayn Rand Institute

The Atlas Shrugged novel essay contest is open to all students globally. Atlas Shrugged is a heroic mystery novel written by Ayn Rand. Choose a prompt and write a 800-1,600 word essay.

Top prize

$10,000

Additional prizes

2nd: $2,000 (x3) | 3rd: $1,000 (x5) | 25 finalists: $100 | 50 semifinalists: $50

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: November 06, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Thriller, Young Adult

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2023 Poetry Chapbook Contest

The Heartland Review Press

Submit no more than 30 pages of your best poetry work. Any theme or style. THRP is not concerned with the poet who has the most publications; rather, we wish to award the best writing that contributes the most to the craft of poetry.

Top prize

$500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: May 01, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Poems for the Solstice Contest

Farmer-ish Journal

To celebrate Winter Solstice in 2023, Farmer-ish journal is excited to announce a special poetry contest with a cash prize and publication for the top 50 poems. We are accepting contest submissions for a poetry collection focusing on poems for the Winter Solstice. We are looking for poems about farming, nature, environmentalism, cozy, rest, light, tradition, and more.

Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Great American Think-Off

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

The Great American Think-Off, now in its 30th year, is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit an essay of no more than 750 words for a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes and participate in the live debate to ultimately answer the question, determined by audience vote.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Participation in live debate

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 01, 2023


Genres

Essay

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King of Essay

Papers Owl

To all TV shows nerds: we're incredibly excited to announce a competition for the best essay based on the TV series you are keen on. This is a new challenge for folks who may be under budget and interested in winning subscriptions on streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney).

Top prize

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or Disney+ subscription for 6 months

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

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Askew's Word on the Lake Writing Contest

Shuswap Association of Writers

Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, the Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest has a place for you! Part of the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada, the contest is open to submissions in short fiction (up to 1,500 words), nonfiction (up to 1,500 words), and poetry (up to three one-page poems).

Top prize

$200 CAD

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: January 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

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Fusilli Flash Fiction

Fusilli Writing

Free flash fiction competition for stories up to 200 words with a twist. Competition always open, with a winner announced and published online after 100 entries received (story count on website). Feedback and the PDF ‘An introduction the writing good flash fiction’ offered for (£5 or equivalent).

Top prize

Publication on website

Additional prizes

Social media promotion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: December 31, 2023


Genres

Flash Fiction

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers

Welcome to the 31st annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $9,000 in prizes.

Top prize

$3,000

Additional prizes

Two-year gift certificate from Duotrope; 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $300 each

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $22

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

Now in its 22nd year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $3,500 in prizes.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Two-year gift certificate for Duotrope | 2nd: $500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 01, 2023


Genres

Humor, Poetry

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Quill & Ink Literary Festival

Grassroots Literary Magazine

Three awards will be given out to authors in categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with a special fourth award being given to a standout self-published work. Each winning author will be awarded $1,500, given the author attends the festival to host a workshop decided by the festival staff. A two-night hotel stay will be provided.

Top prize

$1,500 x4

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: February 19, 2023


Genres

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

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7 Day Story Writing Challenge

Globe Soup

Register now for our next 7-day story writing challenge. A secret theme, a randomly assigned genre and just 7 days to write a story of no more than 2,000 words. Our 7 day story writing challenges take place throughout the year. The challenges are free and you can even get feedback on your story. Take part in one challenge or take part in all of them!

Top prize

£500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: February 20, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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