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Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Almost 500 winners will be chosen from categoires incuding: spiritual/religious, memoir, personal essay, feature article, genre short story, literary short story, rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry, script, children's, young adult.
Deadline: May 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20 to $30
Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,
A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
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.
Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE
Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members
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.
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.
The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.
The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.
Deadline: January 20th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $9.95
A dribble is a flash fiction story that uses around 50 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using 50 words. The title does not count towards the word count. The submitted work must be between 48 - 52 words.
Named in honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor, Michael J. Steinberg, this contest accepts unpublished, non-fiction essays of up to 6,000 words. The winning essay is published in the following year’s spring issue of Fourth Genre.
Deadline: March 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $20
The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash reward in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Submissions should be a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) with a table of contents.
Deadline: February 28th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $25
Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems. Length limit is 250 lines. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.
One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Length limit: 150,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry.
The Walt Whitman Award is granted to an unpublished poetry collection. The prizes include $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy.
This is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of science fiction or fantasy short stories and novelettes! Entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!
Deadline: December 31st, 2017 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: FREE
This prize is given annually to a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into cultural and social issues exemplified by the late James Jones. A two-page (maximum) outline or synopsis of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted.
Deadline: March 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $30
The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to a book published in the previous calendar year by an African poet. This award, established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet, is the only one of its kind in the world.