Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$10
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15 pages for the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry or a story of up to 30 pages for the Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction with a $10 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Madison Review, Poetry and Fiction Prizes, University of Wisconsin, English Department, 6193 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. Ron Kuka, Faculty Advisor.

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Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 
October 2, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies, including the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, the Gernert Company, International Creative Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and William Morris Endeavor. Maile Meloy will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 2. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Zoetrope: All-Story, Short Fiction Contest, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.

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Juniper Prizes

Deadline: 
September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Four 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, and a short story collection, novella, or novel. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages or a story collection, novel, or novella of 150 to 350 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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Writing Contests

Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
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. 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. 

New Millennium Awards

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

Very Short Fiction Award

Deadline: 
August 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$16
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

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. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300 to 3,000 words with a $16 entry fee by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, Very Short Fiction Award, 4763 SW Maplewood Road, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

Fiction Open

Deadline: 
August 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$21
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

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. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 3,000 to 24,000 words with a $21 entry fee by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, Fiction Open, 4763 SW Maplewood Road, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

Spring Story Contest

Deadline: 
July 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
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 $25 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.

Writing Contests

Deadline: 
September 1, 2017
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. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry, Nicola Griffith will judge in fiction, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib 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, Office of Student Media, P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Gail Aronson, Editor.

Short Story Award

Deadline: 
August 8, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.

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