Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
September 1, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Eduardo C. Corral will judge in poetry, K-Ming Chang will judge in fiction, and Su Cho will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of no more than 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. There is no entry fee for the first 600 Black and/or Indigenous writers who submit. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

“1/2 K” Prize

Indiana Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
August 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems, stories, or essays of up to 500 words each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana Review, by August 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Gulf Coast
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
August 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a short work of prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Gulf Coast, by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Contest

Howling Bird Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
July 31, 2021
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Howling Bird Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2022 prize will be awarded in fiction. Novels, novellas, and story collections are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 20,000 to 60,000 words with a $25 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize

Seneca Review Books
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
August 1, 2021
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Seneca Review Books is given biennially for a collection of lyric essays. Kazim Ali will judge. Cross-genre, hybrid, and verse forms, as well as image and text works, are all eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 120 pages with a $27 entry fee by August 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Contest

Sewanee Review
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
July 31, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Paisley Rekdal will judge in poetry, Brandon Taylor will judge in fiction, and Stephanie Danler will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to six poems or a story or essay of up to 10,000 words with a $30 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Sewanee Review, between July 1 and July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

Individual Artist Fellowships

Delaware Division of the Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
August 2, 2021
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application. Using only the online submission system, submit an artist’s statement, a résumé, and 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose by August 2. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

Prairie Heritage, Inc.
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
July 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a published book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-continental prairies.” Authors, publishers, and the general public may submit two copies of a book published between 2017 and 2020 by July 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Dogwood
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
September 5, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $10 entry fee by September 5. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nature Writing Prize

The Moth
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
September 15, 2021
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,191) and publication in the Moth will be given annually for a poem, story, or essay that features “an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.” The winner also receives a weeklong stay at the Circle of Misse artist’s retreat in Misse, France. Helen Macdonald will judge. Submit a poem or piece of prose of up to 4,000 words with an entry fee of €15 (approximately $18) by September 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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