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The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest

The Saturday Evening Post

In its nearly two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others. Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Sixth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in The Saturday Evening Post

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

Crab Orchard Review

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Deadline: July 8th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition

Crab Orchard Review

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through November 18, 2017. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Deadline: November 18th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Claremont Graduate University

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award was created in 1994, a year after the inception of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It is presented to a first book by a poet of genuine promise.  The Kate Tufts Discovery Award offers a hefty prize of $10,000 and is given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

Additional prizes

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Impress Prize

Impress Books

Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words. We accept both fiction and non-fiction across most genres (excluding poetry and children’s fiction, however we will consider Young Adult submissions).

Deadline: June 29th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £25

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

£500 advance

Additional prizes

Publishing contract with Impress books

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Emrys Press Chapbook Prize

Emrys Press

The Emrys Press Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible. The winning poet will receive a $1000 honorarium upon publication plus 20 copies of the book.

Deadline: July 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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2018 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: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

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The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for full-length short stories on a supernatural theme is now open for submissions! Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Ghost Story website

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Fischer Prize

Talking Gourds

A poetry award named for Mark and Elaine Fischer – two Colorado creatives and champions of the arts. Mark was a brilliant lawyer poet who died young, and Elaine his artist widow who went on to become Mayor of Telluride and a San Miguel County Commissioner for four terms (2000-2016). She passed away Memorial Day weekend 2016.​

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $9

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Kent State University

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2017 winner was Fugue Figure by Michael Green, selected by Khaled Mattawa; the 2018 winner will be selected by Ellen Bass.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Kent State University Press

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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.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $75

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$25,000

Additional prizes

Publication and distribution of book

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Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition

Hourglass Literary Magazine

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for Best Short Story, Best Poem and Best Essay.

Deadline: May 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $9

Genre: Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Fiction War Spring

Fiction War

Are you a storyteller? Are you brilliant? Can you prove it in three days? We’re looking for the next great flash fiction masters! Think you can write a winning story in 1,000 words or fewer, given only THREE DAYS? Enter The Great Flash Fiction War for your chance to be published and get paid!

Deadline: July 19th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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The Zebulon Fiction Writing Contest

Pikes Peak Writers

Hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, the Zebulon gives fiction writers at all levels the chance to get their work in front of professional agents and editors. The contest simulates the real process of acquiring an agent, serving as an excellent learning experience.

Deadline: November 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

Pikes Peak Writers Conference ticket

Additional prizes

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Very Short Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 - 3000.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $16

Genre: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories,

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Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $21

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Trio Award for First or Second Book

Trio House Press

Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Trio House Press

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The Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry

Pleiades Press

Each spring Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry selected by the editors of Pleiades Press. The winning writer will receive $3000 ($2000 + $1000 towards book tour expenses) and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and nationally distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to read at the University of Central Missouri.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Pleiades Press

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