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Red Hen Press Novella Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 2018, the Novella Award is for a previously unpublished, original work of fiction between 15,000 and 30,000 words. Beginning in 2021, the Novella Award will be held biennially in even-numbered years. The award will open for submissions on January 31, 2022.


Deadline July 31, 2022

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Genres

Fiction, Novel, Novella,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

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.


Deadline December 31, 2021

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Top prize

$10

Additional prizes

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

Genres

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

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

Nimrod

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting.


Deadline July 15, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in the Spring issue of Nimrod

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $12

SFPA Poetry Contest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)

The annual SFPA Speculative (Dwarf/Short/Long) Poetry Contest is open to all poets, including non-members of the SFPA. Awards will be given across 3 categories.


Deadline August 31, 2021

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Top prize

$150

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry, Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $3

Acrostic Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share an Acrostic poem to enter this poetry contest. See an example in the contest announcement. Cash prize.


Deadline June 29, 2021

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Nonet Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share a Nonet. This is a poem with nine lines and a specific syllable count. It's a fun poem to write. Cash prize to the winner. See the details and a sample poem in the contest announcement.


Deadline June 12, 2021

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

2-4-2 Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share a 2-4-2 poem to enter this poetry contest. A 2-4-2 is a three line poem that has a 2-4-2 syllable count.


Deadline June 18, 2021

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story Contest

Lune Spark Books

Lune Spark's yearly contest aims to encourage children to engage in creating writing. Submit a story up to 1,500 words long for a chance to get published.


Deadline July 31, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in paperback, hardback, ebook, and audiobook

Genres

Short Story, Young Adult,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.


Deadline June 30, 2021

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Top prize

$15,000

Additional prizes

Publication in University of Pittsburgh Press

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Stories Through The Ages - Baby Boomer Plus

Stories Through The Ages

This contest is for anyone who was born 1966 or earlier. Tell us about an experience growing up as a baby boomer, or use your experience gained becoming a baby boomer and tell us a story. The entry may be fiction or nonfiction. The word count for this contest is 900 - 4000 words. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded.


Deadline June 15, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Moment Magazine

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2021 contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content, including $1,000 for first place.


Deadline June 30, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Moment Magazine

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

The Bath Spa University Writing Award

Bath Spa University

With the support of Jack and Audrey Ladevèze, the University has established an award for students studying for a Master’s in Creative Writing, Travel and Nature Writing or Writing for Young People. Each year the Award will be made to a student who has demonstrated outstanding talent in writing and for whom this award will make a significant difference in enabling them to further their studies at a Master’s level.


Deadline September 16, 2021

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Top prize

$1,360

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Red Hen Press

The Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press.


Deadline September 30, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers

One grand prize winner will receive $5,000, 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 $525 value). Please submit between February 15 and June 30, 2021.


Deadline June 30, 2021

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $65

Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press

Twice each year, during May and October, Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers.


Deadline May 31, 2021

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication by Black Lawrence Press

Genres

Poetry, Short Story, Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $15

The Breakwater Fiction Contest

Break Water Review

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 4,000 words.


Deadline December 01, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

#GWstorieseverywhere

Gotham Writers

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere.


Deadline December 31, 2021

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Top prize

Gotham Writers Workshop

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Narrative Prize

Narrative Magazine

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The submission system is open all year.


Deadline June 15, 2021

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Top prize

$4,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $27

New Deal Writing Competition

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of GVCA as inspiration for their short story. The application portal for submissions will be open from March 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021.


Deadline April 01, 2021

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Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Artsphere Magazine

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5

2021 Screenplay & Short Script Competition

Showcase

The Scriptation Showcase is the screenwriting competition that circulates winners’ scripts to the widest range of Hollywood directors, showrunners, and producers. The early you apply, the lower the entry will be.


Deadline April 11, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

1 Year Scriptation Showcase

Genres

Script Writing,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $44

Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Marsh Hawk Press

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages. [Submissions open December 1, 2020]


Deadline April 30, 2021

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Marsh Hawk Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest

Zizzle Literary

Every week during our submission period, we’ll post one-sentence dialogue writing prompts on our social media platforms. Choose a dialogue prompt that inspires you and write a story that includes the prompt.


Deadline March 15, 2021

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Top prize

Additional prizes

1000

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $5