Archive November 2022

Deadline Approaches for C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

Resist the urge to buy more stuff this Black Friday, and invest the money you save in your writing: Apply to Poetry International’s annual C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize, which comes with an award of $1,000 and publication in the magazine.

Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by December 1. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Sylvie Baumgartel of Santa Fe won the 2021 C.P. Cavafy Prize for her poem “Stealth Bomber.” Poetry International editor in chief and contest judge Sandra Alcosser described what stood out to her about the poem: “Each line shines and cuts as the poet creates a conceit that moves between the military-industrial complex and equally complex family relationships."

Based at San Diego State University, Poetry International has been in circulation for more than twenty-five years and is among the most revered poetry magazines in the world. Each annual print issue includes poems in English and in translation. Contributors have included Kim Addonizio, Kwame Dawes, Seamus Heaney, Nicole Sealey, Tomas Tranströmer, Derek Walcott, and many others. Poetry International aims to publish work that is “strong and compelling and that highlights our shared humanity while inviting us into the diverse realities of people across the globe.”  

Submissions Open for the Everett Southwest Literary Award

Submissions are still open for the 2023 Everett Southwest Literary Award, hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma Department of English! Offered biennially, the winner of this prize will receive $5,000 for an unpublished short story manuscript. The second-place and third-place winners will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. All three writers will be invited to give a reading at the University of Central Oklahoma during their spring 2023 semester, public health guidelines allowing. Writers residing in or writing about Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas are eligible.

Submit a PDF of a short story collection between 140 to 250 pages, a cover letter including a bio and contact information, and a complete list of publishing credits via e-mail with a $25 entry fee (to be mailed separately) by December 5. Guggenheim fellow and National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.  

With beginnings in 2006, this award honors the late Dr. Mark Allen Everett, an Oklahoma-based supporter of the arts and distinguished medical professional, through a donation from the Everett Family Foundation Fund. Previous judges of this competition include Sandra Cisneros, Allison Hedge Coke, and Brian Turner. Kelli Jo Ford had her debut novel-in-stories, Crooked Hallelujah, published by Grove Press a year after winning this award in 2019. The winners of the current submission period will be announced in spring 2023.  

Upcoming Contest Deadlines

With the fall season underway and a new month around the corner, get a jump start on submitting to contests with deadlines of November 30 and December 1! These awards present opportunities for queer writers as well as debut poetry and prose writers, among others. Plus, one lucky poet will win $3,000, publication of their manuscript, and the chance to give a reading under the auspices of the Folger Shakespeare Library. All contests offer a cash prize of $1,000 or more and one is even free to enter. Onward, writers!  

Autumn House Press
Rising Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given in alternating years for a debut work of poetry or fiction. The 2023 prize will be given for fiction. The winner will also receive a $500 grant for travel and book promotion. Matt Bell will judge. All finalists are considered for publication. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $25 (the submission fee may be waived in cases of financial need).

BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Tina Chang will judge. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $25.

Langum Foundation
David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the current year. Self-published books are ineligible. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: none.

Masters Review
Novel Excerpt Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication in Masters Review, and an agent consultation will be given annually for an excerpt of an unpublished novel or novel-in-progress showing “a sense of style, with a clear grasp on craft” by an emerging writer. Halley Dunne Parry of the Hamilburg Agency will offer the consultation for this contest cycle. Charmaine Craig will judge. Writers who have not published a book or who have published a book with a circulation of less than 5,000 are eligible. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: $20.

Meadowlark Press
Birdy Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. All entries are considered for publication. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: $25.

Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro essay. Kirstin Valdez Quade will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $15.

Red Hen Press
Quill Prose Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a story or essay collection, a novel, or a hybrid work of prose by a queer writer. Elizabeth Bradfield will judge. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $10.

Regal House Publishing
W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: $25.

Tadpole Press
100-Word Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given twice annually for a work of flash poetry or prose. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $10. 

Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner will also give a reading with the contest judge under the auspices of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: $29.

Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines, and check out the Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more contests in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation.

Deadline Nears for Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction

Writers have until the end of the month to submit to LitMag’s 2023 Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction. Offered annually, the award comes with a prize of $1,250, publication in LitMag, and an introduction to agents from the Bent Agency, Brandt & Hochman, Folio Literary Management, InkWell Management, Sobel Weber Associates, and Triangle House Literary, who will review the winner’s work.

Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 500 to 1,500 words with a $16 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

The 2022 winner of the contest was Caroline Kim for “The End of the Dynasty.” Finalists included Jared Carlson for “Invention,” William Hawkins for “Easter Morning,” and Delano S. C. Parisi for “The Immortal Ontologist in the Apocalypse,” which was published by LitMag.

An annual print journal released each fall, LitMag features established and emerging writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. LitMag also publishes writing on its website. “We seek work that moves and amazes us,” the editors say. “We are drawn to big minds and large hearts.”