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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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.

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.

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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