Winter Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
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 fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $27 entry fee by March 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contest

New South
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
April 1, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach will judge in poetry and E. J. Koh will judge in prose. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or no more than 7,500 words of prose with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by April 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prime Number Magazine Awards

Press 53
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Stacy R. Nigliazzo will judge in poetry and Dennis McFadden will judge in fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of up to three pages or a short story of up to 5,300 words with a $15 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2021 prize will be given in nonfiction. Writers who have not published a book of nonfiction in English are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a complete manuscript or a sample of at least 25,000 words and a proposal by March 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Steinberg Essay Prize

Fourth Genre
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Xu Xi will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Winning Writers
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2021
Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Unpublished and previously published work is eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a short story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

James Laughlin Award

Academy of American Poets
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
May 15, 2021
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the coming calendar year. The winner also receives an all-expenses paid weeklong residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to members of the Academy of American Poets. U.S. publishers may submit a PDF of a manuscript of at least 48 pages that has come under contract and will be published in 2022 by May 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem or group of poems. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length, three pieces of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 1,500 words each, or a story or essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry) by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$100
Deadline: 
March 8, 2021
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” A runner-up for each prize will receive $5,000. Publishers may submit any number of books with a $100 entry fee per title by March 8. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Literary Prizes

New Ohio Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 15, 2021
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit a poem or group of poems of up to six pages or a story or essay of up to 20 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New Ohio Review, by April 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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