Upcoming Prose Contest Deadlines

Prose writers, end your summer strong and submit to the following contests in fiction and nonfiction by Thursday, August 31. Each contest offers an award of at least $1,000 and publication.

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. Entry fee: $5

Glimmer Train Press Fiction Open: A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Entry fee: $21

Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award: A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Entry fee: $16

Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Roxane Gay will judge. Entry fee: $18

Gulf Coast Prize in Translation: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given for a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. John Keene will judge Entry fee: $18

New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest: A prize of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard is given annually for a short story. Chris Abani will judge. Entry fee: $20

Red Hen Press Quill Prose Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Ryka Aoki will judge. Entry fee: $5

Snake Nation Press Serena McDonald Kennedy Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Entry fee: $25

Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Awards: Awards of $5,000 each are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible. Entry fee: $15

Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines and submission details. Check out our Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more upcoming contests in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.