Archive June 2018

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.

Upcoming Fiction Deadlines

Fiction writers, consider submitting your short stories, novellas, and novels to the following contests, each of which offers a prize of at least $1,000 and publication. The deadline is June 30.

Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers: A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Entry fee: $18

Hidden River Arts William Van Wert Fiction Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Entry fee: $17

The Moth International Short Story Prize: A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,690) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé, France, and a €250 (approximately $308) travel stipend; and a third-place prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,230) and publication are also given. Kevin Barry will judge. Entry fee: $15

Engine Books Fiction Prize: A prize of $2,000 and publication by Engine Books is given annually for a short story collection, a novella, a novella collection, or a novel. Entry fee: $30

Winning Writers North Street Book Prize: A grand prize of $3,000 and five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, and children's picture books. The winners will all 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. 

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.

First Book Prize for Women and Nonbinary Writers of Color

Submissions are currently open for the 2019 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. An award of $5,000 and publication by the Feminist Press is given annually for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman or nonbinary writer of color. 

Submit a story collection, novel, memoir, biography, or manifesto of 30,000 to 80,000 words via e-mail by June 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. The winner will be announced in February 2019, and the winning collection will be published in Spring 2020.

Established in 2016, the prize honors author Louise Meriwether, whose 1970 novel, Daddy Was a Number Runner, was one of the first contemporary American novels to feature a young black girl as its protagonist.

The inaugural prize was awarded to writer YZ Chin in 2017 for her story collection, Though I Get Home. The 2018 prize was awarded to Claudia D. Hernández for her nonfiction fusion of poetry and narrative essay, Knitting The Fog (April 2019).

Upcoming Poetry Book Deadlines

Poets, if you have a manuscript ready to submit, consider the following book contests with upcoming deadlines, each of which offers an award of at least $1,000 and publication.

Paz Prize for Poetry: An award of $2,000 and publication by Akashic Books is given biennially for a poetry collection originally written in Spanish by a U.S. resident. The winning manuscript will be translated into English and published in a bilingual edition. Rigoberto González will judge. No entry fee. Deadline: June 15.

University of Akron Press Akron Poetry Prize: A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Diane Seuss will judge. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 15.

Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: June 15.

Omnidawn Publishing First/Second Poetry Book Prize: A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Srikanth Reddy will judge. Entry fee: $27. Deadline: June 18.

Barrow Street Press Book Prize: A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limón will judge. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 30.

Bauhan Publishing May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize: A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. David Blair will judge. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 30.

Parlor Press New Measure Poetry Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: June 30.

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 JuxtaProse Nonfiction Prize

Submissions are currently open for the 2018 JuxtaProse Nonfiction Prize. An award of $1,000 and publication in JuxtaProse is given annually for an essay. The editors will judge.

 

Using the online submission system, submit an essay of 500 to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by June 18. Multiple entries are accepted. The winner will be announced on June 30.

Established in 2015, JuxtaProse is an Idaho-based literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers from around the world. Recent contributors include poets Rae Armantrout and Molly McCully Brown; fiction writer Christian A. Winn; and creative nonfiction writers Lance Larson and Steven Faulkner. Regular submissions are accepted year-round. Visit the website for more information.