Spring Story Contest

Deadline: 
July 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$26
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 $26 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, Spring Story Contest. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Pushcart Prizes

Deadline: 
December 1, 2018
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 2018; submit one copy of each work by December 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

Montana Award for Fiction

Deadline: 
January 1, 2019
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 1, 2019. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Whitefish Review, Montana Award for Fiction, 708 Lupfer Avenue, Whitefish, MT 59937. (406) 261-6190. Brian Schott, Founding Editor.

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Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Deadline: 
January 15, 2019
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction with a $25 entry fee ($30 for electronic submissions) by January 15, 2019. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

BkMk Press, Ciardi/Chandra Prizes, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. (816) 235-2558. 

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Danahy Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
December 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Tampa Review, by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tampa Review, Danahy Fiction Prize, University of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606. Richard Mathews, Editor.

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Fall Story Contest

Deadline: 
November 30, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$26
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 $26 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, Fall Story Contest. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: 
October 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Boston Review website is given annually for a short story. Alexander Chee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of Boston Review's 2018 special literary supplement, Evil Empire, by October 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Boston Review, Aura Estrada Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142. (617) 324-1360.

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Calvino Prize

Deadline: 
October 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to read at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in February 2019. Kelly Link will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short story or an excerpt from a story collection, novel, or novella of up to 25 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Louisville, Calvino Prize, English Department, Room 315, Bingham Humanities Building, Louisville, KY 40292.

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
November 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$15,000

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Shelley Jackson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a brief bio, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Collective Two, Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, University of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. (773) 702-7000.

Juniper Prizes

Deadline: 
September 30, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novella or novel, and an essay collection. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages, a story collection, novel, or novella of 150 to 350 pages, or an essay collection of 150 to 300 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prizes, East Experiment Station, 671 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003. (413) 545-2217. Mary Dougherty, University of Massachusetts Press Director.

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