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Writing Contests

Briar Cliff Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2019
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Spring Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
July 31, 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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using 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: 
$20
Deadline: 
September 1, 2019

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Tommy Pico will judge in poetry, Rivers Solomon will judge in fiction, and Selah Saterstrom will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2019
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 7,499 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

The Pinch
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 1, 2019
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Emily Skaja will judge in poetry, Amy Bonnaffons will judge in fiction, and Elissa Washuta will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry) by April 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 31, 2019
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; Nickole Brown will judge. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story; Robin Hemley will judge. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay; Ira Sukrungruang will judge. Using 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 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by March 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Gulf Coast
Entry Fee: 
$23
Deadline: 
April 15, 2019
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $23 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Gulf Coast, by April 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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