It’s too hot to do much outdoors these last days of summer. So why not stay in and submit some of the sizzling writing you’ve completed this year to contests with a deadline of July 31 or August 1? Prizes include $5,000 for a fiction, poetry, or nonfiction manuscript-in-progress; $2,500 and publication for a short story; $2,000 and publication for a collection of lyric essays; and $1,000 and publication for a poetry book. All contests offer an award of $1,000 or more, and four have no entry fee. What have you got to lose?
Connecticut Poetry Society
Experimental Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Connecticut River Review is given annually for an innovative poem. Richard Deming will judge. Entry fee: $15.
Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to five to eight poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application. Entry fee: None.
Granum Foundation Prizes
A prize of $5,000 is given annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to support the completion of a manuscript-in-progress. Up to three finalists will be awarded at least $500. A Translation Prize of at least $1,500 is also given. Entry fee: None.
Art and Change Grants
Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, Two-Spirit, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Greater Philadelphia area to fund art for social change projects. Entry fee: None.
Mason Jar Press
1729 Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Mason Jar Press will be given annually in alternating years for a book of poetry or a book of prose. The 2023 prize will be given in poetry. Semi-experimental works are encouraged, and hybrid works as well as translations (with written permission from the original author) are also eligible. Chen Chen will judge. Entry fee: None.
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,198) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat in West Cork and accommodations to give a reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival in November. Entry fee: €19 (approximately $21).
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: $27.
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Writing 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.
Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 53 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Entry fee: $30.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who identifies as a woman. Ellen Bass will judge. Entry fee: $20.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the winning poem, printed by Gary Young at Greenhouse Review Press. Ellen Bass will judge. Entry fee: $15.
Seneca Review Books
Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Seneca Review Books is given biennially for a collection of lyric essays. The winner will also receive an invitation to give a reading with Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Wendy S. Walters will judge. Cross-genre, hybrid, and verse forms, as well as image and text works, and multilingual submissions in which English is the primary language are all eligible. Entry fee: $27.
Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review are given annually for a single poem or group of poems, a short story, and a creative nonfiction essay. Major Jackson will judge in poetry, Megan Mayhew Bergman will judge in fiction, and Alexander Chee will judge in creative nonfiction. Entry fee: $30.
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.