short stories

First Novel Fellowship

James Jones Literary Society
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
March 15, 2019
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Open

Glimmer Train Press
Entry Fee: 
$21
Deadline: 
February 28, 2019

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 3,000 to 28,000 words with a $21 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards

Southern Illinois University
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 2, 2019

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive $500 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 or a novel, novella, or short story collection published in 2018 along with a brief author bio, including publication history, and a $30 entry fee by February 2. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Awards

Binghamton University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2019

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 2018 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Award Series

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 28, 2019
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Red Hen Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($20 for AWP members). Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript between January 1 and February 28. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

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