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The Tamaqua Award for a Collection of Essays

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of essays. Previous publication of individual essays is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published essays, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the publication rights have reverted to you, as author.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

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The Alcott Award for Young Adult Fiction

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River announces the inaugural Alcott Award for an unpublished book-length work of Young Adult fiction featuring at least one strong female lead character. The winning manuscript will be published by Many Frog Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and will receive $1000.

Deadline: October 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Young Adult,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

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Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection Award

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of short stories. Previous publication of individual stories is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published stories, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the rights have reverted to you, as author.

Deadline: July 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Press

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Prophecy Creek Book Award in Speculative Fiction

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000, and publication on Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original, unpublished book-length work of speculative fiction.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Press

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First Novel Competition

Del Sol Press

Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. The 2018 competition invites submissions of literary and upmarket fiction, general fiction, serious women's fiction, SFF with a literary edge or fiction with a catalytic speculative element, e.g., "Time Traveler's Wife," as well as mystery, crime, or suspense fiction.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Carve Magazine

Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Carve Magazine

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Peseroff Prize

Breakwater Review

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Poems should be previously unpublished. The winner and finalists will be published in our FALL issue.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Fall issue​

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New Deal Writing Competition

Livingston Arts Center

Short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration.

Deadline: April 2nd, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

Published in Livingston's annual magazine

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International Sweek Feminist Campaign: #HerStory

Sweek

Your story can be on any topic, as long as it meets two rules: 1) the protagonist is female and 2) the story does not exceed 5,000 words (both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction). Winning stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book from us.

 

Deadline: April 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Published via Sweek self-publishing

Additional prizes

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Momaya Short Story Competition

Momaya Press

Please submit your story (3,000 word limit) on the theme "Coming of Age" and our qualified panel of judges (including editors from Random House, Penguin, and a published novelist) will review your work.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £12

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£110

Additional prizes

Published in the Momaya Short Story Review

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2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest

Nightjar Review

2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest: January 30th to April 30th, 2018. Submit 1 poem for $6, or 3 poems for $15. No entry limits. Judge: Jericho Brown. Winner receives $200 and publication. Two finalists will also receive publication. Winner announced by October 30th, 2018.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5-$15

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Nightjar Review

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A Very Short Story Contest

Gotham Writers Workshop

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. We would like to make a similar bet with you: write a great short story in ten words or fewer.

Deadline: May 14th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Free class with Gotham Writers

Additional prizes

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SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

SmokeLong Quarterly

To celebrate SmokeLong Quarterly's 15th anniversary, we are having our first-ever competition to find the best flash fiction for our 60th issue. The grand prize winner will receive $1500.

Deadline: May 20th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in SmokeLong Quarterly

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group / AZURE

Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights. We are not concerned with genre distinctions—send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful.

Deadline: April 18th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in AZURE

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Bacopa Literary Review

Writers Alliance of Gainesville

We seek unusual perspectives, passionate voices, compelling work. This includes poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories.

Deadline: May 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $3

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$250

Additional prizes

Publication

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Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Regulus Press

To enter, writers must produce an original story of up to 3000 words in any genre. The catch: We provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest.

Deadline: June 4th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Literary Taxidermy anthology

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Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize honors an innovative and inspiring long-form works of nonfiction.

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

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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