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Blydyn Square Books 2018 Publishing Contest

Beginning January 1, 2018, we will be accepting submissions of unpublished, full-length manuscripts (at least 50,000 words) in all categories and genres, both fiction and nonfiction. (Previously self-published books ARE eligible.) The winner will receive a standard Blydyn Square Books publishing contract for our upcoming 2021 publication list.

Blydyn Square Books

📆 Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

Publishing Contract

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Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize

The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize honors an innovative and inspiring long-form works of nonfiction.

Dzanc Books

📆 Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing in novel form.

Dzanc Books

📆 Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books. The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced on November 15.

Dzanc Books

📆 Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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International Literary Prize

The theme for 2018 PRECIOUS, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.

Hammond House

📆 Deadline September 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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2-4-2 Poetry Contest

A 2-4-2 is a three line poem that can be written about any subject. Just follow the 2-4-2 syllable count. The first line has two syllables. The second line has four syllables. The third line has two syllables again. Cash prize!

Fan Story

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

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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75 Words Flash Fiction

Share a story with only 75 words. We are looking for complete stories told with exactly 75 words. Cash Prizes!

Fan Story

📆 Deadline May 20, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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James Laughlin Award

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.

Academy of American Poets

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

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members

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Raymond Carver Contest

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. The contest opens each year April 1 - May 15 and prizewinners are published in their annual fall issue in October.

Carve Magazine

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $17

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Consideration from literary agents

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St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biennial $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

St. Francis College

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

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$50,000

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The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

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.

Southwest Review

📆 Deadline May 01, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Southwest Review

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Nimrod Literary Awards

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.

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 27th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes. Please submit during October 15, 2018-April 30, 2019.

Winning Writers

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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New Deal Writing Competition 2019

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. This year's painting is Jacques Zucker's "Fountain, Central Park."

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

📆 Deadline April 05, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

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