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Spring Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
July 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 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 a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $27 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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.

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.

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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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.

Lamar York Prizes

Chattahoochee Review
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
February 8, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Chattahoochee Review, by February 8. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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