Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$29
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Ocean Vuong will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, 822 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

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Nelligan Prize

Deadline: 
March 14, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online submissions) by March 14. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Colorado Review, Nelligan Prize, Colorado State University, English Department, 9105 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G'Schwind, Editor.

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William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Deadline: 
February 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ruminate, William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, 1041 North Taft Hill Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80521. Brianna Van Dyke, Editor in Chief.

Montana Award for Fiction

Deadline: 
January 1, 2018
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. 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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Pushcart Prizes

Deadline: 
December 1, 2017
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 2017; 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.

Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Deadline: 
January 15, 2018
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, 2018. 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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Fall Story Contest

Deadline: 
November 30, 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 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 $25 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.

Danahy Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
December 31, 2017
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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Iowa Short Fiction Award

Deadline: 
September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages by September 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Iowa Press, Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-2000.

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Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
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, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Laird Hunt 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.

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