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Steinberg Essay Prize

Fourth Genre
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 20, 2018

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 20. Robin Hemley will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Writing Contest

New South
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 21, 2018

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry and Alissa Nutting will judge in prose. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 9,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by March 21. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Gulf Coast
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
April 1, 2018
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 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
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; Oliver de la Paz will judge. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story; Debra Dean will judge. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay; Jenny Boully 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 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

The Pinch
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria Machado will judge in fiction, and Kiese Laymon will judge in nonfiction. 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 March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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