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Fiction Prize

Indiana Review

Winners of the Indiana Review short story contest receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. Stories can be up to 8,000 words and must be submitted between September 1st - October 31st. All entries are considered for publication.

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

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

University of North Texas Press

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2018 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. This year’s judge will be Rosanna Warren. To avoid conflicts of interest, current or former students of the judge should not enter.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by UNT Press

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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: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

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Flash Fiction Contest

Gemini Magazine

Open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 Issue of Gemini.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Gemini Magazine

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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. First prize wins $3,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $21

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Very Short Fiction Award

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: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $16

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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St. Lawrence Book Award

Black Lawrence Press

Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Inspiring the World Writing Competition

The Epoch Times

The Epoch Times invites submissions of short (500-1,000 words), nonfiction articles that highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life’s surprises. There is no entrance fee. Each entry must include: an article, supporting media (photo, video), and a mockup of an awesome Facebook post to promote your inspiring story!

Deadline: August 21st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication on website

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George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest

Third Wednesday

The editors of Third Wednesday wish to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who guided fiction at TW from infancy to adulthood. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of The George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Until August 31, 2017 we will accept entries of previously unpublished stories of under 1000 words in length (including title).

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $5

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$150

Additional prizes

Publication

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Tanka Poetry Contest

Fanstory

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count. Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza, but we are keeping the format open.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Baum Indie Book Prize 2017

Kwill Publishing House

We are open to diverse and interesting fiction or non-fiction books of any genre including poetry and children’s books. We are looking for talented writers first and foremost, and a finished product that will stand out as exceptional indie publishing. Any age or background is welcome to enter.

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

Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

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UNO Press Publishing Lab

UNO Press

The contest is open to all authors, regardless of publishing history and there is no limit on subjects covered. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press.

Deadline: August 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Striking 13 Writing Contest

Striking 13

The aim of the Striking 13 Flash Fiction contests is to help all aspiring authors to stay motivated, to give them a chance to showcase their skills and, if nothing else, perhaps break the monotony of another day.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $2

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

Publication on the Striking 13 website

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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: June 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in the January/February 2018 edition of The Saturday Evening Post

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Typehouse Literary Magazine Open Fiction Contest

Typehouse Literary Magazine

We are pleased to announce Typehouse Literary Magazine’s first biennial Open Fiction Contest! All pieces must be between 1000-6000 words, entries must be previously unpublished and all genres are accepted.

Deadline: June 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $12

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

TOP PRIZE

$150

Additional prizes

$50 for second place and $25 for third place

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Novel in 25 Words

Bath Spa University

It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn’. So said Bristol-born Romantic poet Robert Southey, but how easy is it really to tell an entire story in just a few words? To celebrate 25 years teaching creative writing at Bath Spa University we are challenging people to live and breathe Southey’s philosophy and write an entire novel in just 25 words. You can tell any story you like, however you choose, as long as it hits the word count.

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

Genre: Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Several prizes for the runners up

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The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2017

Munster Literature Center

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the two winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Deadline: June 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

Chapbook publication with 50 free copies

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Supernatural Horror Short Story Competition 2017

Severance Publications

After the success of our previous Horror anthology ‘Screech – A Collection of Paranormal Stories’, we at Severance Publications are actively seeking Supernatural Short Stories for our next anthology.
This Supernatural Short Story Competition is conducted with the goal to piece together an anthology of some of the best Horror Writers from across the Western world, with the addition of a Cash Prize for the overall winner.

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

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Cash Prize for the Overall Winner

Additional prizes

Publication on the 2017 Anthology of the Best Horror Stories

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The Brigthon Prize

Rattle Tales

The Brighton Prize exists to find inventive new writing.
We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening. Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page. If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it. If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.

Deadline: June 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £8

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

£100 for the two runners up

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Sweek writing competition: #Storytellers

We invite all of you to share your best story with the world! But this time, we have a different challenge! Can you say a lot in a little? Submit your short story in 500 words or less to our new Sweek writing competition and get a chance to win awesome prizes. The rest is up to you: prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction!

Deadline: July 25th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

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

TOP PRIZE

$75

Additional prizes

Top stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks

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