13th Moon Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in 13th Moon will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Judith Johnson will judge. Submit up to three poems, totaling no more than 500 lines, or a short story of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to 13th Moon, by September 8. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
13th Moon, Poetry and Fiction Contests, 8 Woodmont Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. Judith Johnson, Editor.
Entry Fee: €7 (euro)
1st Prize: €1,000 (euro) and publication in Albedo One (approx $1,475 US)
The contest opens 1st January 2008, and runs for four rounds throughout the year. The submission deadline for the first round is March 31st, the second round June 30th, the third round September 30th, and the final round November 30th. The top three winning stories will be chosen from the six highest-ranking stories on the shortlist by renowned science fiction, fantasy, and horror author Ian Watson.
Entries to the Award must NOT have been previously published in ANY format in the English language. Entries are allowed from ALL nationalities, though entries must be in the English language. There is no minimum word limit for submissions to the Award, though a maximum of 8000 words applies.
American Literary Review Literary Awards
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The winning works will appear in the fall 2010 issue. Submit up to three poems, a short story of up to 8,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,500 words with a $15 entry fee by September 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
American Literary Review, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 311307, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203-1307.
Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grants
Grants of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support the completion of specific projects. Residents of Arizona who are not enrolled for more than three credit hours at a college or university are eligible. Submit up to five pages of poetry or prose, a resumé, and a project description by September 3. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Project Grants, 417 Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326. (602) 771-6501. Casey Blake, Individual Artist Services Director. email@example.com
Aesthetica Magazine The Annual Creative Works Competition
Three winners £500 each with three categories, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction, the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is looking to discover talented artists and writers. Winners of each category will each be awarded £500 and all winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Annual, sold through Borders stores nationwide. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2009. All winners will be notified by 31 October 2009 and the Aesthetica Annual will be published 1 December 2009. A £10 entry/administration fee is required to enter the Aesthetica Annual Competition. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2009. See site for full details.
Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine is given annually for a short story about the natural world, sense of place, or environmental issues. Jon Raymond will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by September 8. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Bear Deluxe Magazine, Doug Fir Fiction Award, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, OR 97296. (503) 242-1047. Jess Dolan, Senior Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Gail Godwin in fiction, and Phillip Lopate in creative nonfiction. Online submissions are encouraged. Submit up to three poems, totaling no more than five pages, or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, (a $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Bellevue Literary Review) by August 1. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Bellevue Literary Review, Prizes in Poetry and Prose, New York University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, OBV-A612, New York, NY 10016. (212) 263-3973. Stacy Bodziak, Managing Editor. email@example.com
Booktrust John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,246) is given annually to honor a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a British or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under at the time of the book’s publication. For this year’s award, publishers may submit up to three books (or bound galleys) published in the U.K. during 2009 by August 28. There is no entry fee. E-mail for complete guidelines.
Booktrust, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, 45 East Hill, London, SW18 2QZ, United Kingdom. Tarryn McKay, Prize Officer.
Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 & publication as a chapbook by Camber Press will be given annually for a short story. Ron Carlson will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by August 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Camber Press, Fiction Chapbook Award, 1160 Midland Avenue, Suite 3F, Bronxville, NY 10708. Ron Egatz, Editorial Director.
Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Camber Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 24 pages with a $15 entry fee by August 15. Send an SASE or e-mail for complete guidelines.
Camber Press, Poetry Chapbook Award, 1160 Midland Avenue, Suite 3F, Bronxville, NY 10708.
Claremont Graduate University Tufts Poetry Awards
The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner will spend one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by “a poet of genuine promise.” Poets, publishers, agents, or friends may submit five copies of a book of poetry published between September 15, 2008, and September 15, 2009, with a list of previously published work by September 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Claremont Graduate University, Tufts Poetry Awards, 160 East 10th Street, Harper East B7, Claremont, CA 91711-6165. (909) 621-8974.
Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 and Emerging Professional Fellowships of $3,000 are given annually to Delaware writers who are at least 18 years old, lived in Delaware for at least a year prior to application, and are not enrolled in a degree program. Submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose by August 1. There is no entry fee. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Delaware Division of the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowships, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, 4th Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801. (302) 577-8284. Kristin Pleasanton, Coordinator.
Esquire Short Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Esquire will be given for a short story with the title “Twenty-Ten,” “An Insurrection,” or “Never, Ever Bring This Up Again.” The fiction editors will judge. Using the electronic submission system, submit a story of up to 4,000 words by August 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Esquire, Short Story Contest, Hearst Communications, 300 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Camille Perri, Fiction Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmingdale State College Paumanok Poetry Award
A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is awarded annually for a group of poems. The prize is given by the school’s Visiting Writers Program to encourage emerging and established poets. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Farmingdale State College, Paumanok Poetry Award, English Department, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735. (631) 420-2645. Margery Brown, Director. email@example.com
The Fiddlehead’s Nineteenth Annual Literary Contest
Poetry:$1,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$500 each for the Two Honorable Mentions
Fiction:$1,000 for Best Story
$500 each for the Two Honorable Mentions
The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes. Deadline postmarked by December 1, 2009. Entry Fee: $30 (CAD) for an entry from Canada and $36 (USD) for an entry from the U.S. or overseas. See site for full details. http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/contest.html
Gival Press Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, & twenty author copies is given annually for a short story. The winning entry will be published on the press’s website. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for complete guidelines. Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Glimmer Train Press Family Matters
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story about family. Online submissions are encouraged. Submit a story of 500 to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by July 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. Online submissions are encouraged. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by August 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Glimmer Train Press, 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.
Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain Web site is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Robin Hemley will judge. Submit a work of creative nonfiction of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Hunger Mountain, Creative Nonfiction Prize, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8517. Miciah Bay Gault, Managing Editor.
John Steinbeck Award for the Short Story
Reed Magazine at San Jose State University announces $1,000 for an unpublished short story up to 6,000 words. Apply online June 1 to November 1. $15 reading fee includes copy of 2010 issue. Final judge this year is Aimee Bender.
The 2009 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes
Winner in each genre receives $500 and publication in our upcoming print issue, Juked #7. Final Judges: Dan Chaon (fiction) and Dora Malech (poetry). Submission Deadline: August 31. Entry Fee: $10. Fiction: One story per entry, no length requirement, Poetry: Up to five poems, but no more than ten pages total, per entry. Visit website for complete guidelines.
Literal Latté Ames Essay Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee by September 15. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Literal Latté, Ames Essay Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor. email@example.com
The Manchester Fiction Prize 2009
First prize: £10,000
Deadline for entries: 7th August 2009
Entry fee: £15
The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching The Manchester Fiction Prize – a new literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.
The Manchester Fiction Prize is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000* to the writer of the best short story submitted. The competition is open to entrants aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.
A bursary for study at MMU will also be awarded to an entrant aged 18-25 as part of the Jeffrey Wainwright Manchester Young Writer of the Year Award*. Eligible entrants are asked to indicate on the entry form if they would like to be considered for the Manchester Young Writer of the Year Award in addition to the main prize.
All entrants are asked to submit a complete short story of up to 5,000 words in length. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be new work, not published or submitted for consideration elsewhere. Distinguished novelists and short story writers Sarah Hall, M. John Harrison, and Nicholas Royle will judge the competition. See site for full details.
Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Contest
A prize of $1,000 & publication by Many Mountains Moving Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 1. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines. Many Mountains Moving Press, Poetry Book Contest, 1705 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Senior Poetry Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Margie Auntie Ann Book Award
A prize of $1,000 & publication by Margie/IntuitT House will be given annually for a poetry collection. James Wilson will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines. Margie, P.O. Box 250, Chesterfield, MO 63006. Robert Nazarene, Editor. email@example.com
Margie Editor’s Prize
A prize of $1,000 & publication in Margie: The American Journal of Poetry is given annually for a single poem. Robert Nazarene will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit three poems of up to 60 lines each with a $15 entry fee ($5 for each additional poem) by August 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines. Margie, P.O. Box 250, Chesterfield, MO 63006. Robert Nazarene, Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Memoir (and) Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry
A prize of $500 & publication in Memoir (and) will be given twice yearly for a memoir in the form of a poem, a short story, or an essay. Joan Chapman & Candida Lawrence will judge. Submit up to 5 poems or up to 10,000 words of prose by August 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Memoir (and), Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry, P.O. Box 1398, Sausalito, CA 94966-1398. (415) 339-4130. Joan Chapman, Managing Editor.
Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 & publication in Memphis Magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer who lives within 150 miles of Memphis. Unpublished stories & those previously published in magazines with a circulation under 20,000 are eligible. Submit a short story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 1. Send an SASE for complete guidelines. Memphis Magazine, Fiction Contest, 460 Tennessee Street, Memphis, TN 38103. (901) 521-9000. Marilyn Sadler, Senior Editor.
Mississippi Review Poetry Series
Three prizes of $1,000 each & publication by Mississippi Review will be given annually for poetry collections. Dara Weir will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 56 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 1. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines. Mississippi Review, Poetry Series, University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive, #5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001. email@example.com
New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award
A prize of $10,000 is given annually to honor a novel or short story collection by a U.S. citizen who is 35 or younger. Publishers & agents may submit 10 copies of a book published (or galleys of a book scheduled for publication) in 2009, a nomination form, an author biography, & book reviews by August 25. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. New York Public Library, Young Lions Fiction Award, 11 West 40th Street, Room 73, New York, NY 10018. (212) 930-0887. Carolyn Gan, Manager. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavement Saw Press Transcontinental Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a book, who have published a collection of fewer than 40 pages, or who have published a full-length collection with a press run of no more than 500 copies are eligible. More than one prize may be awarded. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a selection of Pavement Saw Press books, by August 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Pavement Saw Press, Transcontinental Poetry Award, 321 Empire Street, Montpelier, OH 43543. David Baratier, Editor. email@example.com
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowships
Six to eight fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers from minority, immigrant, or underserved communities. Each winner participates in an eight-month mentorship in Los Angeles with a professional writer. Housing is not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold a graduate writing degree are eligible. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry or prose and at least two letters of recommendation with a $10 entry fee by September 7. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
PEN Center USA, Emerging Voices Fellowships, c/o Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. (310) 862-1555. Michelle Meyering, Program Manager. firstname.lastname@example.org
Poets & Writers, Inc. California Writers Exchange Contest
Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet & a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading & meet with writers, editors, & agents. California poets & fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. Submit four copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of fiction by August 31. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. Poets & Writers, Inc., California Writers Exchange Contest, 2035 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 211, Los Angeles, CA 90025. (310) 481-7195. Cheryl Klein, California Office Director. email@example.com
PrimeProse Quarterly Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: £6 (UK)
Prize: £60 (UK)
The PrimeProse Flash Fiction Award is a quarterly competition for original, previously unpublished fictional works of less than 500 words, in English, in any style or genre. The winners will receive cash prizes, but each entrant will receive a critique of his work.
RATTLE Poetry Prize
1st Prize: $5,000, plus ten $100 honorable mentions. Guidelines: Entry fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE (or a one-year extension for subscribers). The contest is open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). The editors of RATTLE will judge submissions in a blind review: Type or print clearly your name, address, email address, phone number, & the titles of the poems onto a coversheet. No contact information should appear on the poems. Include a check or money order for $18, payable to RATTLE. Send no more than four poems per entry. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted; however, each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet & $18 entry fee. No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere and no simultaneous submissions. Manuscripts will not be returned; include an SASE or email address if you would like to be notified of the results. Winners will be announced no later than September 15, 2009, & those poems will be published in the Winter 2009 issue. Electronic submissions are accepted as well, paid online with a credit card. Visit our website for more information. Postmark deadline: August 1. Send entries to: RATTLE, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.
Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with the editors. This year’s theme is, “When did you realize that you had become a grown-up?” Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 7. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Noelle Howey, Deputy Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Me Publishing Science Fiction Contest
Science Fiction – What if?
Imagine what if? And so you ask yourself, what if… what? Well you tell us! We want science fiction short fiction (micro, flash, or short stories) that tell us a science fiction story around the idea what if. Wherever you take it, take it interesting! The word limit is 5,000 words.
Schedule: Submission ONLY accepted June 1, 2008 – August 31, 2009. Winners will be selected by September 30, 2009.
Prizes: Winning stories will be paid $50.00, Second place $25.00, Third Place $10.00. The top stories will be published in a science fiction collection to be published in October of 2009. All accepted entries would receive an eBook version of the final collection.
Entry Fee: none. Please submit your entry to: email@example.com
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award
A prize of $3,000 & publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines. Red Hen Press, Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, P.O. Box 3537, Granada Hills, CA 91394. (818) 831-0649. Kate Gale, Managing Editor.
Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and an invitation to read the winning work at the Robert Frost Festival is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $10 entry fee per poem by September 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Robert Frost Foundation, Poetry Award, Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence Street, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, MA 01841. (978) 725-8828. Mark Schorr, Executive Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sow’s Ear Poetry Competition
September-October: Poetry Competition
Award – $1000, publication, and the option of publication for approximately twenty finalists
Poetry Competition Guidelines: Open to adults. Send unpublished poems to the address above. Please DO NOT put your name on poems. Include a separate sheet with poem titles, name, address, phone, and e-mail address if available. No length limit on poems. Simultaneous submission acceptable. (We will check with finalists before sending to final judge.) Send poems in September or October. Postmark Deadline Nov. 1st. Include self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for notification, which we will try to send in January. Entries will not be returned. Entry fee is $20 for up to five poems. The Entry Fee Includes A Subscription. Send all submissions to:
Robert G. Lesman, Managing Editor
P.O. Box 127
Millwood, VA 22646
Make checks payable to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review
Whim’s Place Flash Fiction Contest
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $250 plus publication
A quarterly flash fiction contest. Deadlines for each quarter are March 30, June 30, September 30, and December 30. Submit flash fiction of 500 words or less. Submit by regular post or e-mail. Full contest rules and regulations available on website.
WOW! Women On Writing Flash Fiction Contest
Entry Fee: $5.00
Prize: Cash: $200, $150, $100, plus over $2,000 in Prizes + publication + $50 gift certificates
WOW! Women On Writing hosts a quarterly flash fiction contest open to English-speaking contestants across the globe. Our fall contest winner, Mandy Viscai, is from Australia! Please check out our previous winners to understand what we offer. Our flash fiction contest is prompt-based, up to 500 words. View our contest page for the current prompt and the free downloadable e-book of terms & conditions in PDF format. Make sure that you check the dates on our current contest, to make sure you meet the deadline.
Writer’s Choice Award
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: Published in the Writer’s Choice Award anthology and automatically entered for the Editor’s Choice Award – $500
Details/Restrictions: Sign up to Edit Red (free). Upload one or more stories (free).
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards A Short Story Competition from Writer’s Digest
The Grand Prize-Winner will receive $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Entry Deadline: Monday, November 02, 2009.For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Entry Fee: All entries are $15.00 each. See site for full details.