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Writing Contest

New South
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
April 1, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Paige Lewis will judge in poetry and Kristen Arnett will judge in prose. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 7,500 words of prose with a $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, 2020

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 15. Laura Julier will judge. 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, 2020
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 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lamar York Prizes

Chattahoochee Review
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

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 January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Previously unpublished works or works that have appeared in a journal with a circulation of under 5,000 are eligible. Alexis Williams Carr and Don Williams will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words, or a work of flash fiction of up to 1,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 31. 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.

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