Short Fiction Prize

BOA Editions
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
May 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Stony Brook Undergraduate Short Fiction Prize

Stony Brook Southampton
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in summer 2022, and their winning work will be considered for publication in Southampton Review. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words by June 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of people, place, and time.” Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Porter Fox will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of any length or a group of themed poems or a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Hidden River Arts
Entry Fee: 
$17
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes in Books

Pulitzer Prizes
Entry Fee: 
$75
Deadline: 
June 15, 2021
Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U.S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in the United States during the current year. Submit a book published between January 1 and June 14 with a $75 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 1. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Bellevue Literary Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
July 15, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually for a group of poems, a story, and an essay about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. Crystal Valentine will judge in poetry, Amy Hempel will judge in fiction, and Michele Harper will judge in creative nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee by July 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Los Angeles Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Francesca Bell will judge in poetry, Reema Rajbanshi will judge in fiction, Lara Ehrlich will judge in flash fiction, and Beth Gilstrap will judge in creative nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each, a short story or an essay of up to 2,500 words, or a piece of flash fiction of no more than 1,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

New Letters
Entry Fee: 
$24
Deadline: 
May 18, 2021
Three prizes of $2,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to six poems or a story or essay of up to 8,000 words with a $24 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New Letters, by May 18. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Prizes

Autumn House Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
June 15, 2021

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500 travel and publicity grant. Eileen Myles will judge in poetry, Deesha Philyaw will judge in fiction, and Steve Almond will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages of poetry or 200 to 300 pages of prose with a $30 entry fee by June 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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