Writing Contests

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Briar Cliff Review, Writing Contests, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104. (712) 279-1651. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor.

30 Below Contest

Deadline: 
November 9, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$24
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee between September 9 and November 9. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, 30 Below Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Life Lessons Essay Contest

Deadline: 
September 19, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "What was the most dramatic change you ever had to make?" The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 19. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest, 225 Liberty Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

Writing Contests

Deadline: 
September 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in fiction, and T Clutch Fleischmann will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Black Warrior Review, Writing Contests, University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870170, Office of Student Media, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Bronwyn Valentine, Editor.

Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Deadline: 
July 15, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael Griffith will judge in prose. Using the online submission system, submit up to eight pages of poetry or a short story, essay, or excerpt of a longer work of fiction or nonfiction of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Cincinnati Review, by July 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Cincinnati Review, Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose, P.O. Box 210069, 2700 Campus Way, 248 McMicken Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221. (513) 556-3954. Nicola Mason, Managing Editor.

Spring Story Contest

Deadline: 
July 31, 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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $24 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: 
August 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by August 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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StoryQuarterly, Nonfiction Prize, Rutgers University, English Department, 311 North 5th Street, Armitage Hall, Camden, NJ 08102.

X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: 
August 15, 2015
Entry Fee: 
$10
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Rosebud, X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction, c/o Roderick Clark, P.O. Box 459, Cambridge, WI 53523. (608) 423-9780.

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