Great Writing Contests for Spring 2014

AttentionSpring is here! Finally! Start your spring by entering some writing contests. Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author. There are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. These types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going. Below is a list that we put together to help you as you think about submitting your work.

SRPR Editors’ Prize Contest

Online/Postmark submission deadline: April 15, 2014

SRPR 2014 Editors’ Prize: Winner awarded $1000. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three-five honorable mentions. All winning poems & several finalists are published. 2013 judge: Juliana Spahr. 2014 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to three poems by 4/15/2014. Entry fee of $20 includes subscription. See website for

The Georgia Review’s Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

Open from 1 April – 15 May 2014; submit online or postmark by 15 May

The Georgia Review announces the second annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize—$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The winning poem will be announced on 15 August 2014. Current subscribers may enter free of charge; nonsubscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$35 for four issues, which is $5 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15. For full submission details, visit

Imaginary Friend Press Second Annual Full-Length Book Award

Online submission deadline: May 1, 2014

Imaginary Friend Press Book Award – Prize: $250 and publication of full length poetry collection. Send ms. of 48 – 96 pages between February 15th and May 1st. Reading fee: $12 without copy of winning book/$17 with a copy of winning book. For guidelines or questions see

Southwest Review 2014 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Postmark deadline: May 1, 2014

This is an annual contest with a prize of $1,000 plus publication. Open to writers who have not published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. Submissions must be no longer than 8,000 words. No simultaneous or previously published works. Name, address, and contact information should appear only on a cover letter. Postmarked Deadline: May 1, 2014. Entry fee: $25 per story. Mail entries with a check or money order to: The Meyerson Fiction Prize, P.O. Box 750374, Dallas, TX 75275-0374, or enter online

$500 Prose Poetry Prize with Kimberly Johnson as Judge

Submission deadline: May 5, 2014

$500 to the champion, May 5 deadline, $6 entry fee, and poet, translator, and literary critic Kimberly Johnson to judge. Submit 1-5 poems through our online submission manager. All submissions will also be considered for publication in elsewhere.Only previously unpublished works will be considered. Please do not include name on manuscript.

The Iowa Review Invites Submissions to Veterans’ Writing Contest

Postmark deadline: April 15 – May 15, 2014

The Iowa Review invites submissions beginning April 15th to the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest, featuring guest judge Anthony Swofford. $1,000 first-prize award, $750 second-prize award, $500 to three runners-up, plus publication in our Spring 2015 issue. See full rules This creative writing contest is made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. It is open to U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

The 2014 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

Online/Postmark submission deadline: May 15, 2014

The 18th annual Blue Lynx Prize, $2000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. Send manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $28 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to Lynx House Press, P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210; or electronically Postmark deadline: May 15, 2014. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press. The 2013 winner was Suzanne Lummis for Open 24 Hours. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, and David Wojahn.

Fiction Fix Seeks Novellas and Art

Online submission deadline: May 15, 2014

Fiction Fix seeks novellas and artwork for the Fiction Fix Novella Award, to be published in late July/early August. See for more details.

Flash Fiction Competition: 6 Words “The Story of a Thing”

Online submission deadline: May 25, 2014

Haunted Waters Press editor, Penny Dreadful, is selecting exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories will also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. In keeping with the Summer 2014 theme, “The Object of Our Desire,” tell us the story of a “thing” in exactly 6 words—no more, no less. Extra points awarded for writers who adhere to the rules. Not really. There are no points. Just read the contest rules and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

Announcing the Richard and Julie Logsdon Prize for Fiction

Email/Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014

To be awarded to a work of fiction published by Red Rock Review in Spring or Fall of 2014. Prize: $150. Contest guidelines Submission guidelines Asked Questions.htm.

The Rusty Toque’s 2014 Fiction Chapbook Contest

Online submission deadline: June 1, 2014

The Rusty Toque is pleased to announce its 2014 Fiction Chapbook Contest. Send us 25 to 40 pages of fiction (short stories, micro-fictions, longer stories welcome). This year’s judge is Lee Henderson. Contest open to all writers except students, faculty, staff of Western University. 1ST PLACE will receive $800 + chapbook publication (e-book and print) + a fiction prize pack. Up to 2 finalists will receive $50 + a fiction prize pack + an excerpt or story from their chapbook published online in The Rusty Toque. Other notable entries will receive an honorable mention on our website.

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Online/Postmark submission deadline: July 15, 2014

2014 Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke

1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $250 + publication in VallumVallumis accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Get your word on! Entry fee: $25 CAD for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted both by Paypal and by postal mail. For more information please

3rd Annual Romancing the Craft of Poetry & Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: June 30, 2014

Our first place winner will receive $300 and a one-year print subscription to theTorrid Literature Journal. The Second place winner receive $200 and the third place winner receive $100. All winners will receive publication in the Torrid Literature Journal. Please submit up to 3 poems per submission or one fiction story with no more than 3,000 words per submission. This contest is open to new and experienced writers. Multiple submissions are welcome. The $5.00 reading fee includes a one-year electronic subscription to Torrid Literature Journal. Enter at

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Maximize Your Exposure as an Author: Enter Writing Contests!

We’ve talked a lot about how important it is to get professional reviews to maximize exposure for your independently published book. Another great way to get exposure and gain credibility for your book is to submit your self-published book to book contests. A number of SDP Publishing’s authors have had some great success with both professional reviews and book contests. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to book contests!

Another great way to gain credibility as a writer/author is by submitting to other types of writing contests. Maybe you haven’t finished your book yet or are in between books. There are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. These types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going. Below is a list that we put together to help you as you think about submitting your work. The following contests have submission deadlines in August and September. We will continue to keep you updated on writing contests in the coming months.

Some of the contests have nominal entry fees and specific deadlines for entry, which you need to pay attention to. We’ve tried to include them here to the best of our ability.

2013 Cobalt Writing Prizes

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Fee: $10


2013 has been a very busy year for Cobalt. As you may know, we are now utilizing Kickstarter to fund the launching of our book press. We also hosted a baseball writing prize and just released our first all-baseball issue (two parts, on Unfortunately, we didn’t have as much time to get the word out for our 2013 Writing Prizes. In an effort to make the contest more competitive, deadlines have been extended for 30 days (August 15) and entry fees have been discounted 25%. Win money, get published, and support our new press! Submit today

Book Contests: Prose & Poetry

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Fee: $20


Subito Press is now reading for our annual Book Prize for full-length collections of poetry & prose. Julie Carr is the final judge in poetry and Stephen Graham Jones is final judge in prose. Reading fee is $20. There is no page limit for either of our contests. The winning manuscript will be published in October 2014. More info here:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Fee: $20


A single entry is 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines. Prize: $1,000, public reading, VIP Festival pass ($500 value) at 28th annual Festival (March 19-23, 2014), and publication. Judge: Robert Pinsky. Poetry Contest, 938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113. Guidelines and online

Eat This Poem Launches Inaugural Poetry Contest

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013

Fee: Free


Are you a hungry writer? Submit your poems to Eat This Poem’s inaugural contest! Poem must have food reference of some kind. Guidelines and prizes listed on website

Submit to Gold Line Press’ 2013 Poetry & Fiction Chapbook Competitions

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Fee: $15


Submit to Gold Line Press’s Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competitions! Send 7,500-15,000 words of fiction, 20-30 pages of poetry. Writers of winning chapbooks receive $500, and 10 copies of the perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN. Gold Line sends an additional 30 to respected literary venues for review. Reading period is July 15-August 31. Trinie Dalton to judge fiction, Susan McCabe to judge poetry. Visit for complete guidelines.

Gulf Coast’s Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Now Accepting Entries

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Fee: $17


Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Robert Coover. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 26.2, due out in April 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their contest fee. Entries accepted both online and via postal mail. Visit for more information.

The Backwaters Prize

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Fee: $25


The Backwaters Press offers The Backwaters Prize: publication of a book-length (up to 80 pg.) manuscript of poetry. Deadline extended to August 31st! Prize $1000 cash, perfect-bound publication and distribution of winner. 2013 Final Judge: Lola Haskins. See website for complete details and to submit.

The 10th Annual USA Best Book Awards

Submission Deadline: Enter before August 31, 2013, and receive a bonus four-month full-color listing on;  Final Entry Deadline is September 30, 2013. (All entries must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2013.)

Fee: $69


The 10th Annual USA Best Book Awards are specifically designed to not only garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists but to PROMOTE awarded books to the PUBLISHING & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES! The publishing industry is rapidly evolving and The 2013 USA Best Book Awards puts your book in the center of the action! A printed book is no longer just a printed book.

Gemini Magazine 5th Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Submission Deadline: Postmark/Email submission deadline: August 31, 2013

Fee: $4 entry fee ($3/each additional).


Knock us out in 1,000 words or less! $1,000 prize. Any subject, style, or genre. Entries are read blind, so everyone gets an equal chance. Second place: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. All six winners will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Read previous winners and enter at

Short Story Award for New Writers

Submissions Deadline: August 31, 2013


Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5,000. 1st place has been increased to $1,500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced November 1. Word count generally ranges 1,500-5,000, though up to 12,000 words is fine. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online:

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Fee: $25


Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition, which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be Mark Doty. Award is $3,000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31. For address and complete guidelines see website:

Black Warrior Review’s Ninth-Annual Contest is now open!

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2013

Fees: Each entry is $15 and comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 40.2, our Spring/Summer 2014 issue. For more information please visit

Naugatuck River Review 5th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest

Online submission deadline: September 1, 2013

Fee: $20 contest fee includes a .pdf of the journal


Naugatuck River Review’s Fifth Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Susan Deer Cloud. First prize is $1,000, second prize $250, third prize $100. Go to for guidelines and to link to our online Submission Manager. All winners, finalists and semi-finalists will receive a print copy and be published in the journal. Susan Deer Cloud is the author of five books of poems, most recently Borscht Belt Indian, New and Selected, and Braiding Starlight.

Les Figues Press: NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Book Contest

Submission deadline: September 15, 2013

Fee: Reading fee: $25


Guest judge Aimee Bender will select a manuscript of 64-250 pages for publication by Les Figues Press. Eligible submissions include previously unpublished manuscripts of poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and work not otherwise specified. Prize: publication and $1,000; all entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing (anthologies excluded). Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. See for full guidelines.

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: A Short Story Competition from Writer’s Digest

Submission Deadline: Early-Bird Deadline:  September 16, 2013; Deadline:  October 15, 2013

Fee:  $20 (early bird)


Choose your favorite genre and enter your best in 4,000 words or less. Genres include Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Crime, Horror

Prizes include:

  • A chance to win the Grand Prize, including $2,500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City
  • A chance to win one of the six $500 Category First Prize
  • Get a feature about you in Writer’s Digest and on
  • Win $100 off a purchase at
  • Receive a copy of the 2014 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

Fee: $10


The Puritan is proud to announce the return of the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence! Two winners in the fields of poetry and fiction will receive a generous prize package, including cash ($900/fiction and $600/poetry) and a collection of books (approx. $600 for each winner) from Canada’s most celebrated publishers (including Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, and many more). The winning entries will also appear in The Puritan Issue XXIII: Fall 2013 and be honored at a launch party. See our website, for submission details! Brave the frontier today!

Short Story Collection Contest, Georgetown Review Press

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

Fee: $25 entry fee


$1,500 and publication for a previously unpublished book of short stories. Manuscripts must be between 150 and 300 typed pages. Please include a cover letter that includes the manuscript’s title and the author’s mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Send to: Short Story Collection Contest, Georgetown Review Press, 400 East College, Georgetown, KY 40324. For full guidelines or to submit electronically, please go to our website:

Diana Woods Memorial Award

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013


Lunch Ticket is honored to serve as the host for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay on the subject of their choice. Winners will receive a cash prize and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Please visit for submission guidelines. Reading period is August and September for publication in December.

Juniper Prize for Poetry

Submission Deadline: Submissions will only be accepted between August 1 and September 30

Fee: $25


The Juniper Prize for Poetry is awarded annually for an original manuscript of poems. The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscript, and the author receives a $1,500 award upon publication. During even-numbered years (2014, 2016, 2018), the judges will consider only manuscripts by writers who already have published at least one full-length book of poetry. Chapbooks do not count as published books. During odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017), and THIS is an odd-numbered year, the judges will consider only manuscripts by writers who have not previously published a book of poetry.

All manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. citizens. Mailed manuscripts must have a postmark between August 1 and September 30.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to maximize your exposure and gain credibility through third-party reviews or by entering contests, contact SDP Publishing. We have extensive experience working with authors to submit their work to third-party reviewers and expanding their marketing potential.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!