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Rigel 2024: $500 for Prose, Poetry, Art, or Graphic Novel

Sunspot Literary Journal

Literary or genre works accepted. Winner receives $500 plus publication, while runners-up and finalists are offered publication. No restrictions on theme or category. Closes: February 29. Entry fee: $12.50. Enter as many times as you like through Submittable or Duotrope

Top prize

$500 + publication

Additional prizes

Runners-up and finalists are offered publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $12

Deadline: February 29, 2024


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story

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The Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Morris Museum of Art

Welcome to the 2024 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, now in its twenty-ninth year of recognizing outstanding writing and writers. The competition honors the memory of Porter Fleming, one of Augusta, Georgia’s leading citizens and foremost philanthropists. The competition is administered, with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation, by the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum in the country to focus on the art and artists of the American South. Writers, ages 18 and older, who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C are invited to apply.

Top prize

1st place in each genre category: $1,000

Additional prizes

2nd place: $500 & 3rd place: $250 in each of the four genre categories

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: February 16, 2024 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing

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Military Anthology: Partnerships, the Untold Story

Armed Services Arts Partnership

Partners are an integral aspect of military life, at home and afar, during deployment and after homecoming. Partnerships drive military action and extend beyond being a battle buddy, wingman, or crew member. Some are planned while others arise entirely unexpectedly. Spouses, family, old or new friends, community, faith leaders, and medical specialists all support the military community. Despite their importance, the stories of these partnerships often go untold. This anthology aims to correct that: We will highlight the nuances, surprises, joy, sorrow, heroism, tears, healing power, and ache of partnerships. We invite you to submit the story about partnerships from your journey, so we can help tell it.

Top prize

$500 Editors' Choice award

Additional prizes

$250 for each genre category (prose, poetry, visual art)

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2024


Genres

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

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Fusilli Flash Fiction

Fusilli Writing

Flash fiction competition for stories up to 200 words with a twist. Competition always open, with a winner announced and published online after 50 entries received (story count on website). Entry fee: £2.50, winner receives £30 plus publication on the website. All shortlisted entries get their entry fee refunded.

Top prize

£30 + publication on website

Additional prizes

Social media promotion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $3

Deadline: December 31, 2024


Genres

Flash Fiction

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The Poetry.com Contest

Poetry.com

Poetry.com offers monthly contests for poets worldwide to gain motivation, inspiration and exposure, while building passion and enjoyment for the written creative process! How are winners chosen? Our contest boasts a clever twist: poems remain anonymous whilst applicants vote on what they believe should be the winning entry.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Poem of the year: 1000 USD | 2nd place: 300 USD | 3rd place: 200 USD | Runner up personalized Poetry.com mug

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: December 31, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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Scriptwriting Scholarship

Gotham Writers Workshop

The Gotham Scriptwriting Scholarship is open to people of color who have an interest in writing scripts for movies, TV shows, or plays. Any level of experience is fine. All we ask is the desire to write scripts. Three scholarships will be offered.

Top prize

2 10-week script-related courses | 3 Intensives | 1 12-hour Mentorship

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2024 (Expired)


Genres

Script Writing

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Stories of Inspiration

Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc

Nonfiction stories of inspiration wanted (between 500 to 2,000 words). Submissions should highlight the struggle and resilience of the human spirit, especially related to cultures of BIPOC or marginalized communities. Stories must be original, unpublished works in English. One successful entry will be awarded each month from April 2024 and will be included within Kinsman Quarterly’s online journal and digital magazine. Successful authors receive $200 USD and publication in our digital magazine. No entry fee required.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Kinsman Quarterly's online magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 31, 2024


Genres

Essay, Non-fiction

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Chapter One Prize

Gutsy Great Novelist

The Gutsy Great Novelist Chapter One Prize is awarded for an outstanding first chapter of an unpublished novel. The prize is open internationally to anyone over 18 writing a novel in English in any genre for adult or YA readers. Winners will be announced March 29, 2024.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

2nd: $500 |3rd: $250

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: March 01, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Young Adult, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller

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Spring Microfiction Battle

Writing Battle

Two days to write a 500 word short story. The peer-powered quarterly writing contest where every story receives oodles of feedback. Write one. Read ten. Win thousands.

Top prize

Genre Winner (x4): $1,500

Additional prizes

Genre Runner-up (x4): $375 | Feedback by industry professionals

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: May 03, 2024


Genres

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

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Summer Nanofiction Battle

Writing Battle

Two days to write a 250 word short story. The peer-powered quarterly writing contest where every story receives oodles of feedback. Write one. Read ten. Win thousands.

Top prize

Genre Winner (x4): $1,500

Additional prizes

Genre Runner-up (x4): $375 | Feedback by industry professionals

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: August 02, 2024


Genres

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

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Passionate Plume

Passionate Ink

The 2024 Passionate Plume celebrates the best in erotic fiction, both long and short, and features a special category for emerging authors.

Top prize

Engraved award

Additional prizes

Publication in the Passionate Ink Charity Anthology

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: March 21, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella, Romance, Short Story

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Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Desperate Literature

The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new, boundary-pushing 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 not only offer cash prizes and writing retreats but also 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 present their stories in multiple countries.

Top prize

€2,000 + week's stay at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation artists' residency

Additional prizes

2nd + 3rd: €1000 | All shortlisters: publication in our print collection Eleven Stories | All longlisters: One-year subscription to The Literary Consultancy's "Being a Writer" platform | One shortlister: two-week residency at Studio Faire, France

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $22

Deadline: December 04, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Primal Fears Horror Short Story Challenge

Globe Soup

For this short story challenge, all participants will be randomly assigned a horror sub-genre and will receive a list of 20 primal fears. All participants will receive the same 20 primal fears. As soon as you receive your randomly assigned sub-genre and the list of primal fears, you'll have until the closing time to write and submit a short story of any length up to 5,000 words. Your story should fit the sub-genre you were assigned and should be underpinned by one of the primal fears from the list. You get to choose the primal fear that will underpin your story. The available horror sub-genres are: body horror, folk horror, eco horror, psychological horror, and fantasy horror. Early entry tickets are £2.50, general entry tickets are £5, and late entry tickets are £9.

Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on website

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $12

Deadline: February 19, 2024 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Short Story

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Shiny Dime Writing Challenge

Write of Passage

The Shiny Dime is a concept we teach to help people stand out online, and we’ve distilled it into a simple writing challenge. Challenge registrants will participate in a 10 week writing challenge where we request participants to publish once per week. We will choose among the participants who have the most impactful writing and who are the most consistent.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Free access to our 5 week writing bootcamp (a $4000 dollar value)

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 18, 2024 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction

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NOWW 26th International Writing Contest

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW)

Open to all writers in four categories: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical writing.

Top prize

$150

Additional prizes

2nd: $100 | 3rd: $50

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $7

Deadline: February 29, 2024


Genres

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

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Season Themes

HAVOK Publishing

HAVOK is a constant flash fiction contest, with rolling deadlines. Each season is split into monthly competitions with thematically connected prompts in a range of genres.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in an anthology. Potential for larger gift card wins.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 29, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller

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Vocal Challenges

Creatd

Enter themed storytelling contests to put your creativity to the test and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes and more. To submit, you'll need to sign up for a monthly fee of $9.99, or $4.99/month for 3 months.

Top prize

$1,000 — $5,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: March 07, 2024


Genres

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

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HOLT Medallion Contest

Virginia Romance Writers

The Virginia Romance Writers Chapter of the Romance Writers of America® is pleased to announce the 27th Annual HOLT Medallion competition for the best romantic fiction. Entries must be a single work of romance fiction, with an original copyright date (not a release date) of January-December 2021 regardless of format (e-book or print).

Top prize

Certificate and a pewter HOLT medallion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 15, 2024 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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The Selah Awards

Blue Ridge Mountains Conference

The Selah Awards are open to all published authors whose books were published between December 16, 2020 and December 15, 2021 with either traditional or nontraditional publishers.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $45

Deadline: December 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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Great American Think-Off

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farm and manufacturing town of New York Mills, sponsors this annual philosophy contest.

Top prize

$500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 01, 2024


Genres

Essay, Non-fiction

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The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

Lascuax Review

Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. True stories are welcome as long as they’re written in a narrative style. Winner receives $1,000 and a bronze medallion. Finalists receive $100. Winner and finalists are published in The Lascaux Review.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Finalists: $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: June 30, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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The Plough Prize

The Plough Arts Centre

Now in its twenty first year, the Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for poems in English up to 40 lines on any subject. We're delighted that this year's competition will be judged by Roger McGough.

Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

2nd: £500 | 3rd: £250

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $6

Deadline: March 31, 2024


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 prose. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $28

Deadline: March 31, 2024


Genres

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

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Snowbound Chapbook Award

Tupelo Press

The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Tupelo Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: March 31, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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BBC National Short Story Award

BBC

2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC YWA, an award created to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers, open to 14 – 18-year-olds. BBC Radio 1 Presenter Katie Thistleton returns as Chair of Judges for the YWA for the seventh time.

Top prize

£15,000

Additional prizes

4x shortlisted stories: £600

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 18, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Open Prize

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

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: March 15, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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Irene Adler Prize

Lucas Ackroyd

I’ve traveled the world from Sweden to South Africa, from the Golden Globes to the Olympic women’s hockey finals. I’ve photographed a mother polar bear and her cubs and profiled stars like ABBA, Jennifer Garner and Katarina Witt. And I couldn’t have done it without women. I’ve been very fortunate, and it’s time for me to give back. With the Irene Adler Prize, I’m awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

2x honorable mentions: $250

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 30, 2024


Genres

Essay, Non-fiction, Travel

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The Montreal International Poetry Prize

McGill University

The Montreal International Poetry Prize is committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry, to building international readership, and to exploring the world’s Englishes. The Montreal Prize awards one prize of $20,000 CAD to a poet for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines. A jury of internationally reputed poets and critics selects a shortlist of approximately 60 poems, from which a judge chooses one winner.

Top prize

$20,000

Additional prizes

Shortlist published in The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: May 15, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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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 2022, 12th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2022 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $6

Deadline: March 31, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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The One Page Poetry Contest

One Page Poetry

One Page Poetry is dedicated to the art of expressing a poetic theme on a single page, whether your poem is four lines or forty, whether yours is a love poem, inspirational poem, philosophical poem, or just one that is fun or whimsical. We welcome any and all poetic forms, as long as they fit on a single page.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

2nd: $1000 | 3rd: $500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: September 30, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest

Third Wednesday

The editors of Third Wednesday wish to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who originally brought fiction to 3W. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of The George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. We accept entries of previously unpublished stories of under 1000 words in length (including title).

Top prize

100 x3 Winning Stories

Additional prizes

Publication in Third Wednesday magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $6

Deadline: August 15, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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First Pages Prize

First Pages Prize

First Pages Prize invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & agent consultation. This year our judge is Edwidge Danticat! Opens March 2024!

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Agent Consultation, Developmental Mentorship

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: April 10, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction

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International Poetry Book Awards 2023

Poetry Book Awards

The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by small, truly independent presses. We are proud to be a Welsh based international awards programme, open to all indie authors and self published poets globally.

Top prize

£400

Additional prizes

2nd: £200 | 3rd: £100 | Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $44

Deadline: June 30, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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"I Matter" Contest

National Youth Foundation

Submit a poem or art on the topic of why Black lives matter. This contest is open to students from grades K-12.

Top prize

$500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: July 23, 2024


Genres

Poetry

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North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers

Submit a self-published or hybrid-published book, up to 200,000 words in length. One grand prize winner will receive $10,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, three months of Plus service (a $207 value) and a $500 account credit from Book Award Pro, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $525 value)

Top prize

$10,000

Additional prizes

$1,000 for top winner in each category | $300 for honorable mentions

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $75

Deadline: May 01, 2024


Genres

Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Children's, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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