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750-word Short Story Competition

Writers Online

Your story can be on any subject or theme, just keep one editing eye open to stay within the 750 wordcount.

TOP PRIZE

£200

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Writing Magazine

James Jones First Novel Fellowship

Wilkes University

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.

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Humour Short Story Competition

Writers Online

Other than keeping your story between 1,500-1,700 words, the only rule of this contest is that (whether with wry satire or outright farce) you have to make them laugh.

TOP PRIZE

£200

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

£50

Impress Prize

Impress Books

The Impress Prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent in fiction and non-fiction. The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.

TOP PRIZE

Publishing contract with Impress books

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Words With Jam

Words With Jam

Words with Jam is looking for the most captivating first page of a story. Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Length limit is 400 words.

TOP PRIZE

£500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

£100 Second Prize and £50 Third Prize

Haiku Competition

Writers Online

Your haiku should be unrhymed, and written in three lines with five syllables in the first and third lines, and seven in the second. It should involve some reference to the natural world, and a time reference to imply a season. It should not be titled, but by tradition headed with the name of its form.

TOP PRIZE

£100

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

£50 and publication on the Writing Magazine for the runner-up

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

42 Miles Press

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. Manuscripts submitted should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by 42 Miles Press

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

The Writer's Center

Each year, The Writer’s Center awards $500 to the author of an exceptional first novel published in the previous calendar year. All first novels published in print in 2016 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses.

TOP PRIZE

$500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry is made possible by the generous support of Amazon.com. Along with the cash prize, the grand prize winner receives publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

TOP PRIZE

$5,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by University of Pittsburgh Press

Nelligan Prize

Colorado Review

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction was established in 2004 in memory of Liza Nelligan, a writer, editor, and friend of many in Colorado State University’s English Department. The winner receives a $2,000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. Stories must be 10-50 pages.

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in the Colorado Review

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