A writer recalls the transportation security officers who inspired his forthcoming novel, In Security.
A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Cris Mazza and the Leapfrog editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 22,000 words with a $33 entry fee by May 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Submit anything, from new to almost-forgotten, previously published if noted in an email, or rejected for whatever reason from other venues. I do work with talented writers if a theme or plot or character can be drawn out and refined for publication in Wood Coin. The magazine is uncensored as of January 2018, yet extreme literary or artistic stunts need to coincide with US obscenity laws.
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Publishers may nominate books published in 2019 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to give a reading at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Authors or publishers may submit a poetry collection, novel, novella, short story or essay collection, or memoir published in 2019 along with a brief author bio, including publication history, and a $30 entry fee by February 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2019 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels “as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, or other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.” The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.