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Upcoming Short Fiction Deadlines

Fiction writers, are you looking for places to submit your short stories and flash fiction pieces this month? Look no further: The following contests each offer a prize of at least $1,000 and publication. The deadlines are either August 26 or August 31.

TulipTree Publishing Stories That Need to Be Told Contest: A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: August 26.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a consultation with the literary agency Redhammer Management, a subscription to Granta, and a selection of books from Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 31.

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: August 31.

Glimmer Train Press Fiction Open: A prize of $3,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Entry fee: $21. Deadline: August 31.

Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award: A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short short story. Entry fee: $16. Deadline: August 31.

Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a short short story. Entry fee: $18. Deadline: August 31.

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.

Deadline Approaches for Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

Submissions are currently open for the 2018 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. An award of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive a letterpress broadside of the winning poem from Moving Parts Press. Award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye will judge.

Using the online submission system, submit up to 3 poems of no more than one page each with a $15 entry fee by August 15.  

Judge Naomi Shihab Nye, whose most recent collection is Transfer: Poems (BOA Editions, 2011), is the author of ten volumes of poetry, as well as several fiction books for children, musical recordings, and poetry translations. Nye’s numerous accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Lavan Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.

The Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize was established in 2017 by Red Wheelbarrow, the literary magazine published by De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and the Poetry Center San José. Poet Ellen Bass judged the inaugural contest; The winner was Partridge Boswell for her poem “Pop a Wheelie.” Visit the Red Wheelbarrow website for more information.

(Photo: Naomi Shihab Nye; Credit: Ha Lam)

July 31 Contest Roundup

As July comes to a close, consider submitting to the following contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Each contest offers an award of at least $1,000  and publication, and has a deadline of July 31.

Press 53 Award for Poetry: A prize of $1,500 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Entry fee: $30.

Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers: A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible). The winning story will also be sent to agents Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners, and Amy Williams of the Williams Agency. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $20.

Munster Literature Centre Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition: A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,400) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Entry fee: $18.

Journal of Experimental Fiction Kenneth Patchen Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jane L. Carman will judge. Entry fee: $25.

Red Hen Press Novella Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a novella. Kate Gale will judge. Entry fee: $25.

New Millennium Writings New Millennium Awards: Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Entry fee: $20.

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.

Palette Poetry Awards $4,000 for a Single Poem

Submissions are currently open for the Palette Poetry Prize. An award of $4,000 and publication in Palette Poetry will be given for a poem that “speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today.” Shane McCrae will judge.

Submissions are open internationally to any poet writing in English. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee by August 15.

Guest judge Shane McCrae is the author of six books of poetry, including In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Watch a video of McCrae reading “Panopticon,” a poem from the collection.

Palette Poetry is an online journal that publishes new poetry from emerging and established poets, including Courtney Lamar Charleston, Dean Rader, and Laura Villareal. Free submissions are accepted year-round, and poets receive $50 per published poem. Visit the website for more information.

Deadline Approaches for Frontier Poetry Award

Submissions are currently open for Frontier Poetry’s Summer Poetry Award. A prize of $2,000 and publication on the Frontier Poetry website is given annually for a poem by an emerging poet. The editorial staff will judge.

The editors request work “that is blister, that is color, that strikes hot the urge to live and be. We strongly invite poets from all communities.” Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $20 entry fee by July 15

Frontier Poetry is a weekly online publication championing emerging poets; “A place where voices—of all colors, ages, orientations, identities—are made equal by a shared belief in the power of language to confront the dark, the vast, the unexplored.” Frontier sponsors several literary awards throughout the year, including the Frontier Award for New Poets, the Frontier Open, and the Chapbook Contest. Visit the website for more information.

July Short Story Deadlines

Fiction writers, polish up your short stories! The following contests each offer a prize of at least $1,000 and publication.

Sixfold Short Story Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sixfold is given quarterly for a short story. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: July 24.

Munster Literature Centre Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition: A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,400) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Entry fee: $18. Deadline: July 31.

Narrative Spring Story Contest: A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $26. Deadline: July 31.

Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers: A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible). The winning story will also be sent to agents Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners, and Amy Williams of the Williams Agency. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: July 31.

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.

Submissions Open for Sewanee Review Contest

The Sewanee Review is currently accepting submissions to its inaugural Fiction & Poetry Contest, given for a short story and a group of poems. The winners will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2019 issue. Dan Chiasson will judge in poetry, and Danielle Evans will judge in fiction.

Using the online submissions system, submit one to three poems or a story of up to 10,000 words with a $30 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Sewanee Review, by is July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry judge Dan Chiasson is the poetry critic at the New Yorker and the author of four poetry collections, most recently Bicentennial (Knopf, 2014). Fiction judge Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead Books, 2010).

Established in 1892, the Sewanee Review is one of the oldest literary quarterlies in the country. The review, which publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, has recently published work by poets Erin Adair-Hodges and Heather McHugh and fiction writers Andrea Lee and Justin Taylor.

Read more about the journal’s editorial focus and redesign under editor Adam Ross in the Poets & Writers online exclusive “The Sewanee Review at 125.”

Academy for Teachers Flash Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for the Academy for Teachers: Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest. An award of $1,000 and publication on the Tin House website will be given annually for a flash fiction story that features a protagonist or narrator who is a K–12 teacher. A second-place prize of $500 and publication will also be given. Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed will judge.

Submit a story of six to 749 words via e-mail by September 16. There is no entry fee. The winners will be announced in January 2019. Visit the website for complete submission guidelines.

A joint venture of the Academy for Teachers and Tin House, the Stories Out of School Flash-Fiction Contest was created to “inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools.” 

(Photo: Cheryl Strayed; Credit: Joni Kabana)

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Wins Graywolf Nonfiction Prize

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint has won the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for her manuscript, Zat Lun. She will receive $12,000 and publication by Graywolf Press.

Of Zat Lun, Graywolf Press editor Steve Woodward said, “Myint’s hybrid approach and incorporation of myth and oral traditions overturn expectations around immigrant narratives, and add layers to her parallel investigations of both her family history and that of Myanmar. The whole team at Graywolf is delighted to see this truly original and bold manuscript join the ranks of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize winners.”

Myint is the author of the lyric novel, The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strive, A Haven (Noemi Press, 2018). She is completing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize is given biennially for a manuscript-in-progress by a writer not yet established in the genre. Esmé Weijun Wang won the 2016 award for her essay collection, The Collected Schizophreniaswhich will be published in February 2019. Other previous winners include Leslie Jamison, Eula Biss, and Kevin Young. Visit the website for more information.

(Photo: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint; Credit: Dennis Shyu)

July Poetry Deadlines

Summer has officially begun! If your summer plans involve submitting to contests, consider the following prizes for single poems and groups of poems. Each contest offers an award of at least $1,000 and publication.

Bellevue Literary Review Prize in Poetry: A prize of of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review is given annually to a poet for a works about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. Jennifer Bartlett will judge. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: July 1

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores “positive visions of peace and the human spirit.” Entry fee: $15. Deadline: July 1

Stone Canoe Literary Awards: A prize of $500 and publication in Stone Canoe is given annually for a group of poems by a writer who is a current or past resident of upstate New York. Writers who have not published a book with a nationally distributed press are eligible. The editors will judge. There is no entry fee. Deadline: July 8

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition: A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,400); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2019 in Ledbury, England; travel expenses are not included. Entry fee: $7. Deadline: July 12

Comstock Review Muriel Craft Bailey Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: July 15

Rattle Poetry Prize: A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: July 15

Literal Latté Poetry Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: July 15

Narrative Poetry Contest: A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Entry fee: $26. Deadline: July 15

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.

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