The final contests of the month of June feature a wealth of opportunities for poets and fiction writers to win book or chapbook publication. Other awards include a position as a writer-in-residence at Bard College and a retreat in Missé, France. All of these contests offer a prize of $1,000 or more and have a deadline of June 30. Good luck, writers!
Bard College Fiction Prize—A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Entry fee: none.
Barrow Street Press Book Prize—A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A. Van Jordan will judge. Entry fee: $25 ($28 for electronic submissions).
Bauhan Publishing May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize—A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Meg Kearney will judge. Entry fee: $30.
Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize Book Award—A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $26.
Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition—A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a writer who identifies as a woman and has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Huete de Maines will judge. Entry fee: $15.
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Griffin Poetry Prize—Two prizes of CAD $65,000 (approximately $51,078) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator published during the previous year. Finalists receive CAD $10,000 (approximately $7,860) each for their participation in the shortlisted authors event to be held in Toronto. Ilya Kaminsky, Aleš Šteger, and Souvankham Thammavongsa will judge. Publishers make all submissions for the contest. The deadline for books published between January 1 and June 30 is June 30. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is December 31. Entry fee: none.
Hidden River Arts William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award—A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Entry fee: $17.
Lascaux Review Prize in Flash Fiction—A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review online and in print is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published stories are eligible. Entry fee: $15.
Los Angeles Review Literary Awards—Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Francesca Bell will judge in poetry, Reema Rajbanshi will judge in fiction, Lara Ehrlich will judge in flash fiction, and Beth Gilstrap will judge in creative nonfiction. Entry fee: $20.
The Moth International Short Story Prize—A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,623) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Missé in Missé, France, with a €250 (approximately $301) travel stipend, and a prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,208) are also given. Entry fee: €15 (approximately $18).
New American Press Fiction Prize—A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of fiction. Kristen Arnett will judge. Entry fee: $25.
Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest—A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of people, place, and time.” Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Porter Fox will judge. Entry fee: $20.
Omnidawn Publishing Poetry Chapbook Prize—A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Rae Armantrout will judge. Entry fee: $18.
Twyckenham Notes Joe Bolton Poetry Award—A prize of $1,000 and publication in Twyckenham Notes will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $20.
University of North Texas Press Katherine Anne Porter Prize—A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Entry fee: $25.
University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize—A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals are eligible. Entry fee: none.
Winning Writers North Street Book Prize—A grand prize of $5,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, graphic narrative, and art books. The winners will each also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers website; a marketing consultation with author and publishing consultant Carolyn Howard-Johnson; $300 in credit at BookBaby, a distributor for self-published authors; and free advertising in the Winning Writers e-mail newsletter. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Entry fee: $65.
Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines, and check out the Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.