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Fall Story Contest

Narrative
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 30, 2017

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 the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Briar Cliff Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
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.

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2017
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 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Spring Story Contest

Narrative
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2017

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 $25 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
September 1, 2017

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry, Nicola Griffith will judge in fiction, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib 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. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Cincinnati Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
July 15, 2017

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael Griffith will judge in prose. Using the online submission system, submit up to eight pages of poetry or a short story, essay, or excerpt of a longer work of fiction or nonfiction of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Cincinnati Review, by July 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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