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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize 2019

Established in 1981, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is administered by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Named in honor of Agnes Lynch Starrett, the Press’s first director, the prize is awarded for a first full-length book of poems.

University of Pittsburgh Press

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication in University of Pittsburgh Press

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Peseroff Prize 2019

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Break Water Review

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Break Water Review

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The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize 2019

The winning poem and author will be announced by August 15, and the poem will appear in the Spring issue of the following year. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.

The Georgia Review

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $15

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in The Georgia Review

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Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize 2019

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 an all-expenses-paid ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

Academy of American Poets

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $75

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$25,000

Additional prizes

Residency at Glen Hollow

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Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships

The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 - $100,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities.

Academy of American Poets

📆 Deadline March 03, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

Additional prizes

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Emerging Writer's Contest

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal. We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

Ploughshares

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $24

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

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The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2019

Cagibi’s inaugural Macaron Prize. Winners receive $1000, plus publication, in each category of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Winners and second-place finalists will be published in a Macaron Prize 2019 Cagibi print issue.

Cagibi

📆 Deadline February 24, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $18

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Not So Normal Narrators 2019

For our inaugural short story competition, Not So Normal Narrators, we are seeking short stories told through underrepresented and unusual teen voices. We’re hoping to see central characters of different ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, characters who identify as LGBTQ+, characters with disabilities or mental health issues, or just any young character with circumstances or a perspective outside of the mainstream. Prizes and entry fees are in GBP.

Odd Voice Out Publishing

📆 Deadline August 31, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $4

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

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100 Word Flash Fiction Contest

Share a story with exactly 100 words. That is the challenge of this writing contest. Can you write a complete story with only 100 words?

FanStory

📆 Deadline August 10, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Metamorphic

There are many steps required to transform an idea into real life phenomenon - first you have to share them. Publishizer is seeking authors with revolutionary ideas in our ongoing metamorphosis in changing times.

Publishizer

📆 Deadline March 01, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Let Her Shine

Let us honor those that gave their lives to fight inequality. Let us listen to the voices of women. Let us celebrate stories by women.

Publishizer

📆 Deadline March 01, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Thrilled & Chilled

We invite you to fill us with deep intrigue, to make our hair stand on end and set our hearts racing. Transport us into a world of intrigue. Show us that the bogeyman exists and could very well come after us. Keep us on the edge of seats. Do you have what it takes?

Publishizer

📆 Deadline March 01, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Cozy Cat Press Poetry Contest 2019

Cozy Cat Press is looking to curl up with some mystery themed poems! Enter for a chance to win cash, publication, and accompanying illustrations!

Cozy Cat Press

📆 Deadline July 01, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Share your non-fiction story to enter this writing contest. Share a moment in your life or a funny story. Whatever your choose.

FanStory

📆 Deadline August 06, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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