Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

Ashland Creek Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
December 31, 2019

A prize of $1,000 is given for an unpublished or published book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also receives a two-week residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, located on the central Oregon coast. Carol J. Adams will judge. All unpublished entries are considered for publication. Using only the online submission system, submit a story or essay collection, novel, or memoir of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $25 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 1, 2019

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough’s “rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer’s actual experiences of Brooklyn.” Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 2,500 words by December 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 2, 2020

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in the Carolina Quarterly is given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” Black writers who live in North Carolina are eligible. Bridgette A. Lacy will judge. Submit two copies of a short story or essay of up to 3,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for NCWN members) by January 2, 2020. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

San José State University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
January 2, 2020

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public reading each semester and must live in the San José area during the academic year. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose, a project proposal, a résumé, and three letters of recommendation (uploaded by references) by January 2, 2020. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literature Awards

Friends of American Writers 
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 10, 2019

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the Midwest for at least five years) or is set in the Midwest. The prize may be split if more than one winner is selected. Writers who have published up to three books are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible. Authors or publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2019 and an author bio by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

30 Below Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 17, 2019

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $25 entry fee by November 17. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Calibre Essay Prize

Australian Book Review
Entry Fee: 
$17
Deadline: 
January 15, 2020

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,392) is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of $2,500 AUD (approximately $1,696) will also be given. The winners will be published in Australian Book Review. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay between 2,000 and 5,000 words with an entry fee of $25 AUD (approximately $17) by January 15, 2020. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Editors’ Book Award

Pushcart Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
November 15, 2019

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by today’s high-pressure, bottom-line publishing conglomerates.” Manuscripts must be submitted with a formal letter of nomination from an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company by November 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fall Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
November 30, 2019

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 only the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $27 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Flash Prose Contest

Sonora Review
Entry Fee: 
$8
Deadline: 
November 15, 2019

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of short prose on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is encouraged. Using only the online submission system, submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 750 words with a $8 entry fee by November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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