$4,000 IN AWARDS + 23 years of paying and publishing writers! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by July 3—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places.”—S.E. Ingraham, Alberta, Canada. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
2019 NEW WRITER AWARDS offer $1,000+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 15. E-mail: email@example.com. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org/contests.
2020 MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS NOVELLA PRIZE: Winner receives $750, book publication, 10 copies, reading at Miami U. Final judge: Joe Squance. Deadline: August 31. Manuscript length: 18–40k. Reading fee: $25. Previous winners include: Garth Greenwell, Lee Upton, Clancy McGilligan, and Paul Skenazy. Submit: miamioh.edu/mupress/novella. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY. $1,000 and 50 copies awarded to an unpublished 60- to 120-page collection of poems. Prizes awarded upon publication. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: July 31, midnight. Winner and finalists announced before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at www.press53.com/award-for-poetry.
14th ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Paisley Rekdal. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.
16TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS SHORT STORY AWARD for best original, previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize: $1,000; publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit website: www.givalpress.com or givalpress.submittable.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
THE AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW’s Annual Writing Awards are open for submissions through October 1. Send us your best work in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. $1,000 will be awarded to each winner. You can find complete submission details at: www.americanliteraryreview.com.
THE ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/poetry/prize.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize deadline is June 30! The prize is for a book-length collection of poems with the winner receiving $1,000 and book publication with our Spring 2020 titles. Entry fee: $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Deborah Gorlin. For submission guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize.
BE PART OF A 152-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine: Issue 153. General submissions are free. Our 4 tributed contests award $1,000. Submissions open June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard: www.reedmag.org/submit.
BELLINGHAM REVIEW’S annual contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are open December 1 to March 15. $1,000 first-place prizes. $20 entry fee. General submissions are open September 15 to December 1. Bellingham Review is dedicated to offering continual support to our authors. See complete submission guidelines at bhreview.org.
C&R PRESS is pleased to announce our $1,000 prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and memoir are open. Winners, runners-up, and a shortlist are announced in January 2020. Winners receive the prize and publication. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Authors are invited to read at our Spring AWP and Summer and Fall New York City events. C&R Press publishes a range of work from a variety of voices. Website: www.crpress.org.
CALVINO PRIZE: 15th Annual Calvino Prize sponsored by the University of Louisville. For short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final judge for 2019: Kim Chinquee, senior editor of New World Writing, Henfield and Pushcart Prize winner. First prize: $2,000 plus publication in Miracle Monocle, celebrating a decade of select works. Second prize: $300. First-place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details: louisville.edu/english.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 WINNERS of the Brighthorse Prize: Kavita Jindal (novel), Mara Adamitz Scrupe (poetry), and Barbara de la Cuesta (short fiction). Brighthorse Books will again award $1,000 and publication for the best novel, poetry collection, and short fiction collection. Deadline: August 16. To learn more: http://brighthorsebooks.com. To submit: https://brighthorsebooks.submittable.com/submit.
THE CRAZYSHORTS! CONTEST: From July 1 to July 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a subscription to Crazyhorse. Website: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/crazyshorts.
CREAM CITY REVIEW is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Prizes in Fiction and Poetry! Send up to 4 poems or a short story up to 9,000 words starting June 1 for a chance to win $1,000, print publication, and an online feature. For full guidelines, please visit www.creamcityreview.org/contests.
CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S fifth annual poetry contest starts July 1! Awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. 100 poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and recipient of numerous literary awards, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit crosswindspoetry.com.
DZANC BOOKS is seeking innovative literary fiction in the form of novels, short story collections, and novellas. Contests open March 1, including the annual Prize for Fiction, awarding a $5,000 advance and publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Open March 1–September 30. Details at dzancbooks.org.
THE GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit 50–80 pages, including title page and contents, by August 15. Electronic submissions only at https://graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit. No contact info on manuscript. Entry fee $25. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Robert Cording to judge. Website: www.graysonbooks.com.
HEADMISTRESS PRESS, publisher of LBT+ poetry, announces our fifth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Judge is Robin Becker. Prize of $300. Submissions welcomed from lesbians, bi/trans women, Two Spirit, genderqueer, and non-binary poets. Submit May 4 to July 4. Sliding scale, fee waived if requested. Details at https://headmistresspress.blogspot.com/2017/07/2019-charlotte-mew-chapbook-contest.html.
HEART POETRY AWARD: $500, publication in HEART 14. Honorable mentions published. $10 covers 3 unpublished poems, reserves copy of HEART 14. Visit website to view past issues, style preferred, guidelines, and bio of judge, John Williams. Deadline: postmark August 31. Submit online at www.nostalgiapress.com or mail to Nostalgia Press, 115 Randazzo Ct., Elloree, SC 29047.
INDIANA REVIEW AND IU PRESS are reading short story collections for the 2020 Blue Light Books Prize. Submit a manuscript between 35–45k words ($20 reading fee) by October 31. Win $2,000, publication with IU Press, and read at 2021 Blue Light Books Reading. Visit our website for complete guidelines: https://indianareview.org/prizes/blue-light-books.
THE INTERNATIONAL LAWRENCE DURRELL SOCIETY announces the 2019 White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on “the heavens” (celestial bodies, dark matter, etc.), literal or figurative. No entry fee. Deadline: October 1. For further information, go to www.lawrencedurrell.org and click on “Poetry Contest.”
KALLISTO GAIA PRESS’ SUMMER WRITING CONTESTS: Winner of the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize receives $1,000. Michael Noll will judge. Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize receives $1,000. Natalia Trevino will judge. $20 to enter. A portion of proceeds support medical research for breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Website: www.kallistogaiapress.org.
LITERAL LATTE POETRY AWARDS. 25th anniversary year. Win $1,500 in prizes and publication. For tastes, guidelines, and to submit delicious, mind-stimulating words, see www.literal-latte.com. Got poems?! Submit at www.literal-latte.com or send to 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. E-mail: email@example.com.
LITMAG’S ANTON CHEKHOV AWARD for Flash Fiction. First prize: $1,250 plus publication in LitMag; agency review. Three finalists: $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: October 1. Entry fee: $16. Guidelines at www.litmag.com.
THE MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST. $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme. $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Deadline: October 1. Guidelines at www.semopress.com/events/mighty-river-contest.
NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW, a print journal of narrative poetry, announces our 11th narrative poetry contest. Open for submissions July 1 through September 1. $20 submission fee. All winners and finalists will be published in the Winter 2020 issue. Website: http://naugatuckriverreview.com.
NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $30 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at: www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize.
ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 12th year. We feature newer and/or relatively unknown writers who write creative, compelling, well-crafted stories that use our contest premises well. We are open to authors from any country if their stories are written in English. Winning entries in no-fee short story contests launched each December and June are published in On The Premises. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise that we supply. Winning stories are published in individual magazine issues each April and October and pay up to $220. We also hold no-fee “mini-contests” 4 times a year in April, May, October, and November. Winning mini-contest entries are published on our website and pay up to $25. OTP does not charge fees for entering its contests. To learn more about OTP, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.onthepremises.com.
THE ORISON ANTHOLOGY AWARDS offer $500 and publication for individual works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing. 2019 judges: Nina McConigley (fiction), Kaveh Akbar (poetry), Stephanie Elizondo Griest (nonfiction). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1. Submit at: www.orisonbooks.submittable.com.
ORISON BOOKS announces its first annual Orison Chapbook Prize! Submit a manuscript of 20–45 pages in any literary genre—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid—from April 1–July 1. Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins will judge. Award: $300 and publication. Entry fee: $12. For complete guidelines, see www.orisonbooks.submittable.com.
PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2019: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices from the Attic; round-trip travel, lodging, and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with final judge. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October 1. For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.carlow.edu.
POETRY CONTEST with 14 themed categories, plus a free sonnet contest with 2 categories (traditional and modern). Cash prizes. Deadline: September 1. Contests are open to all, except 1 category open to Chicago residents only. For details and guidelines, go to www.poetsandpatrons.net.
A PRIZE OF $500 AND PUBLICATION in Poetry International online will be given for a poem written for refugees currently detained pending their hearings. Ilya Kaminsky will judge. Using the online submission system, submit your best poem with a $10 entry fee by September 30. For more information, visit https://poetryinternational.submittable.com/submit/140955/dignitynotdetention-poetry-prize.
RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2019 Judge: Marilyn Chin. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third, and top 5 published in Red Wheelbarrow. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see www.redwheelbarrow.submittable.com.
ROSEBUD MAGAZINE offers prize of $500 for best poem submitted in any style. Three runners-up will get $100. Winners published. All entrants will receive a free 3-issue subscription to Rosebud. Judge is Mike Kriesel, poetry editor. Deadline: July 31. Fee: $20. For guidelines, go to www.rsbd.net. Questions? Call (608) 423-9780.
SARABANDE’S LINDA BRUCKHEIMER SERIES in KY Literature will be open for submissions July 1–31. Open to any KY-affiliated writer of English. In addition to publication by Sarabande, the author of the Bruckheimer selection will receive a 2-week residency at Blackacre Conservancy. Complete guidelines at www.sarabandebooks.org/bruckheimer.
SENECA REVIEW accepts submissions for the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. $2,000 prize, book publication, guest reading at HWS. Judge: Jenny Boully. Lyric essay includes cross-genre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120 pp. Submissions: June 1 to August 1. Website: www.hws.edu/senecareview/bookprize.
SLAB’S 2020 CURRY POETRY PRIZE contest is seeking submissions. $600 for first place; $400 for second. All winners published. Judge: Kathy Fagan, author most recently of Sycamore, the National Poetry Series selection The Raft, et al. Reading period August 1–December 1; $10 reading fee. Details: slablitmag.org.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 4 contests opening May 1. Deadlines: October 1 for one-act play and fiction; October 15 for very short fiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, festival tickets, publication, and public readings. The Festival is held in late March in the French Quarter. Visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.
TINDERBOX POETRY JOURNAL presents the 2019 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, judged by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. First place: $500. Second place: $300. Submit July 1–August 31. $12 for 3 poems. For more information, visit tinderboxpoetry.com.
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID Fiction & Essay Contest. 27th year. Prize for best short story: $2,000. Prize for best essay: $2,000. Total prizes: $5,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Enter at winningwriters.com/tomstory.
TWELFTH ANNUAL LITTORAL PRIZE POETRY PRIZE! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem. Three honorable mentions receive earlier broadsides. Judge: Jaime Robles. $10 first poem; $5 each additional. Mail to 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 15. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at www.littoralpress.com.
TWO PRESTIGIOUS Poetry Book Society & Mslexia Women's Poetry Competitions are now open! Judged by Malika Booker, Women’s Poetry Competition entrants can win £2,000, a mentorship by Sandeep Parmar, and Cove Park writing retreat. Women's Pamphlet Competition winners will receive £250 and publication by Seren. Entries close September 16: www.womenspoetrycomp.com/submit.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 in cash in addition to publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website: www.uapress.com.
WILDA HEARNE FLASH FICTION CONTEST. Deadline: October 1. $500, publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less, any theme. $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at: www.semopress.com/events/wilda-hearne-contest.