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Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Omnidawn Publishing

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book and chapbook contests wins an immediate cash prize as indicated above for each poetry competition, publication of the book by Omnidawn with a full color cover (unless the author prefers black and white), 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $27

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication of book

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Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Grand prize includes $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP all-access festival pass for the next festival ($600 value), public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival, and publication in Louisiana Literature.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Literature

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One-Act Play Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading. Grand prize winners will receive $1,500, professional staged reading at the next festival, VIP all-access festival pass ($600 value), and publication in Bayou Magazine.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Bayou Magazine

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Literary Awards Writing Competition

Tucson Festival of Books

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry entries are now being accepted for the sixth annual writing competition, which offers more than $5,000 in prize money. Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission. Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission. No limit to number of entries. Submissions must be in English and unpublished. Authors retain all rights to submitted work.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Emerging Writer's Contest

The Arkansas International

Entries for the Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,500 words. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $20 entry fee.

Deadline: October 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

$20

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Kore Press Memoir Award

Kore Press

Kore Press' 2017 judge is Cheryl Strayed, award-winning author of four books, including her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This competition is an annual award from Kore Press and will be open each year to a woman writer writing in English.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $27.50

Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Kore Press

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International Literary Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2017, ETERNAL 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. Short stories should be 2000-7000 words.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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International Poetry Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, 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 rigor in your poem.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£250

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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Los Gatos Youth Poetry Contest

Los Gatos

The 2017 Youth Poetry Contest judging panel of three judges, will be headed up by Irish poet Caroline Bracken. The winner will receive a $400 Amazon Gift Card.

Deadline: September 27th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $8

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$400 Amazon Gift Card

Additional prizes

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Los Gatos Short Story Contest

Los Gatos

The 2017 Short Story Contest shortlist will be judged by Mike McCormack, award-winning Irish author of Solar Bones. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Deadline: September 21st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Adult Writing Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest

Submit your best, unpublished writing to the Vancouver Writers Fest short story and poetry contest. Winners will receive $500, publication in subTERRAIN magazine and writersfest.bc.ca, editorial evaluations of written works provided courtesy of FriesenPress.

Deadline: September 5th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in subTERRAIN Magazine

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Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize

Dzanc Books and the Disquiet International Literary Program

Established in 2017, the Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize seeks book-length manuscripts in fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe. Novels, short story collections, memoir, essay collections, and cross-genre works are all welcome.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the Disquiet imprint of Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike, and all submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Thrilling Me Softly

Publishizer

A thriller, suspense, and mystery book proposal contest by Publishizer. Says their contest page, "Let’s not get technical about all the different genres and subgenres right now - we just want you to fill us with deep dread, to make our hair stand on end, to set our hearts pounding. Transport us to a world where the bogeyman exists, and could very well come after us. We dare you to scare the living bejeezus out of us." All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Nether Ether

Publishizer

As the end of 2017 approaches, Publishizer is hosting a book proposal contest in the genres of limitless possibilities and boundless creative freedom: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and everything in between. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1,000 words long.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Coffee-House Poetry

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize awards £2,000, publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website and an invitation to read at a Coffee-House Poetry reading in London in November to the winning poem.

Deadline: October 16th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £6

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£2,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website

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Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Michigan State University

The Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize is a biannual poetry contest, awarding $1,000 and book publication to one established poet, and one new poet annually. Submissions are now open to authors of at least one full-length collection of poetry.

Deadline: October 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication

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Brick Road Poetry Book Contest

Brick Road Poetry Press

The first place winner receives a publication contract with Brick Road Poetry Press and $1000 prize, publication in both print and ebook formats, and 25 copies of the printed book. They may also offer publication contracts to the top finalists.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Brick Road Poetry Press

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Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

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