Essay Contest

Deadline: 
March 20, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

A prize of $10,000 is given occasionally for an essay. Two $2,500 runner-up prizes will also be awarded. The winning essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction. The theme for the Winter 2018 issue is "Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories." Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (waived for current subscribers), or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction, by March 20. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Creative Nonfiction, Essay Contest, 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem or group of poems; Robert Cording will judge. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story; John Dufresne will judge. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay; Julie Marie Wade will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bellingham Review, Literary Awards, Western Washington University, Mail Stop 9053, Old Main 245, Bellingham, WA 98225. Dayna Patterson, Managing Editor.

Writing Contest

Deadline: 
March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Mark Doty will judge in poetry and Porochista Khakpour will judge in prose. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 9,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New South, Writing Contest, Georgia State University, English Department, P.O. Box 3970, Atlanta, GA 30302. Stephanie Devine, Editor in Chief.

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Literary Awards

Deadline: 
March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amorak Huey will judge in poetry, Caitlin Horrocks will judge in fiction, and Jill Talbot will judge in nonfiction. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry) by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

The Pinch, Literary Awards, University of Memphis, English Department, Memphis, TN 38152. Courtney Miller Santo, Editor in Chief.

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Writing Contests

Deadline: 
April 9, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$23
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $23 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Gulf Coast, by April 9. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gulf Coast, Writing Contests, University of Houston, English Department, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204. (713) 743-3223. Adrienne Perry, Editor.

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Lamar York Prizes

Deadline: 
January 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$18
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Patrick Ryan will judge in fiction and Jill Talbot will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Chattahoochee Review, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Chattahoochee Review, Lamar York Prizes, Georgia State University Perimeter College, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021. Anna Schachner, Editor.

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Steinberg Essay Prize

Deadline: 
March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$22
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $22 entry fee by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Fourth Genre, Steinberg Essay Prize, Michigan State University, Bessey Hall, 434 Farm Lane, Room 235, East Lansing, MI 48824.

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New Millennium Awards

Deadline: 
January 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Previously unpublished works or works that have appeared in a journal with a circulation of under 5,000 are eligible. Alexis Williams Carr and Don Williams will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words, or a work of short short fiction of up to 1,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Writings, New Millennium Awards, 4021 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. Alexis Williams Carr, Editor.

Fall Story Contest

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$24
Cash Prize: 
$2,500

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 longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication in Narrative is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, Fall Story Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street, #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Pushcart Prizes

Deadline: 
December 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the previous year. Editors may nominate up to six poems, short stories, novel chapters, or essays published in 2016; submit one copy of each work by December 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Pushcart Press, Pushcart Prizes, P.O. Box 380, Wainscott, NY 11975. (631) 324-9300. Bill Henderson, President.

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