Writing Contests for June & July 2015

JuneJuly2015WritingContestsTiferet Journal $1500 in Prizes for Poetry & Prose

Deadline: June 1, 2015

$1500 in prizes for best poem, short story, and essay from Tiferet Journal. Judges are Aliki Barnstone for Poetry, Nahid Rachlin for Fiction, and Dr. Danielle Ofri for Nonfiction. One winner and two Honorable Mentions in each category. Publication for winners. Deadline June 1, 2015. Submit to www.tiferetjournal.com.

Smoky Blue #3 Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine welcomes submissions of art, photography, poetry, fiction, memoir, reviews, and essays for issue #3, online September 1. Begun by senior artists and writers in Asheville, NC, SBLAAM encourages contributions from those living life’s second half, but we are open to all writers and artists everywhere and to all forms, genres, and subjects. Established artists and writers are always welcome, but we especially encourage emerging ones. Visit http://sblaam.com/ to examine issues 1-2. Submission guidelines and a bit about our history are also there. If thinking of submitting images, please carefully follow our images guidelines.

The MacGuffin’s Poet Hunt Contest

Deadline: June 3, 2015

The MacGuffin is once again on the hunt for the best poems we can find! Our 20th National Poet Hunt Contest runs from April 1 to June 3. This year, we’re bringing in poet Laura Kasischke to be our guest judge. To enter, please send three unpublished poems (without author info) along with a check/money order for $15, payable to Schoolcraft College, and an index card with your Poem Titles, Author Name, and Contact Info. For full rules, please see www.schoolcraft.edu/macguffin. Mail all entries to: The MacGuffin Poet Hunt • Schoolcraft College • 18600 Haggerty Road • Livonia, MI 48152-2696.

TTR’s Emerging Voices Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2015

The Tishman Review’s Emerging Voices Poetry Contest is open for submissions through June 15, 2015. Our final judge is award-winning writer Barrett Warner. 1st place wins $500 and publication, 2nd place $100 and one honorable mention $50. All entries considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Entry fee $15. See full contest details and an interview with the judge on our website: thetishmanreview.com.

Equality Writing Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2015

No entry fee, 300-word limit, unlimited entries. Judge: Liz Nugent, Author of Unraveling Oliver. Submit the best story written on the theme of equality and win 50 euro first prize. Deadline: June 15, 2015. brilliantflashfiction.com2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction

Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction

Deadline: June 15, 2015

december invites submissions to its Curt Johnson Prose Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction from April 1-June 15. Fiction Judge: Joyce Carol Oates. Nonfiction Judge: Albert Goldbarth. Winners in each category receive $1,500 and publication; Honorable Mentions in each category receive $500 and publication. All finalists considered for publication. Original, unpublished work only; 8,000 word limit. $20 entry fee includes copy of awards issue. Please go to decembermag.org/december-awards/ for contest guidelines and to submit your work online.

Mercer University Press Book Awards & Literary Titles of Interest

Deadline: June 30, annually

Established in 1979, Mercer University Press has published more than 1400 books in the genres of Literary Fiction, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Philosophy, Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, and Religion. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, the Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South. In 2010, MUP established three named book awards in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Announced each December, the winning manuscripts receive a $500 advance and book contract, with a publication date 15-18 months later. See flyer for details. www.mupress.org

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize Call for Submissions

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Bauhan Publishing-May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is accepting submissions (US Mail and submittable.com). $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Judged exclusively by Mekeel McBride, University of New Hampshire. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. For guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/contest.

Door is a Jar: Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Door is a Jar is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the first issue of its biannual publication (Released September 2015). For more information on our submission guidelines, please visit www.doorisajarmagazine.com.

Bellevue Literary Review Annual Prizes

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Bellevue Literary Review’s annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Fiction Prize (Judge: Paul Harding), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (Judge: Mark Vonnegut), $1,000 Poetry Prize (Judge: Ada Limón). Deadline July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Find the complete guidelines and submit online: www.blreview.org.

The Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: July 15, 2015

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem—plus a total of $3,000 and publication to ten finalists! With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection (past winners have ranged from the well-known to the previously unpublished poets), an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine, and a large Readers’ Choice Award chosen by the writers themselves, we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around. www.rattle.com

 

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Writing Contests for May 2015

May2015WritingContestsWriter’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s competition exclusively for self-published books. http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards

The Healing Muse

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Healing Muse, annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is looking for artists and writers for our 2015 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found on our website: http://thehealingmuse.org.

Slipstream Seeks Poems Exploring the Theme of “Elements”

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #35, which will be published in 2015. We seek poetry that explores the theme “elements.” Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission. We also accept mail submissions with a SASE: Slipstream, PO Box 2071, Niagara Falls NY 14301. Deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1, 2015. Submit only unpublished work. Please refer to our submission guidelines on our website www.slipstreampress.org.

Prairie Schooner General Submissions

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Prairie Schooner, aims to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In print since 1926, our quarterly issues feature short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read the full guidelines on our website: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit. Then send us your best.

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is open for submissions. Winner receives $500, publication in the next print edition, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. This year’s judge is Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot, Threats, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM. May 1st deadline. $15 entry fee includes free digital download of the next issue. Guidelines available at http://coniumreview.com/contests/.

2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Meyerson contest searches for emerging writers who have not yet experienced publication of a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. This annual prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review, which is celebrating 100 years (1915–2015) in print. Visit www.smu.edu/southwestreview for more information.

Gold Man Review

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Gold Man Review, a West Coast journal, is currently seeking submissions from writers residing in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. We are looking for previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We love work that pushes boundaries whether in form or content. Please visit our website, www.goldmanreview.org, for specific submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work!

The Personal Aftermath of War

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Call: Seeking stories for an important anthology that will help us comprehend the powerful, often invisible events that shape the hours, days, nights, weeks, months, and years after coming home. Open to all affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts (veterans, families, children, friends). Editor: Dario DiBattista, Marine combat veteran of the Iraq War, Veterans Writing Project instructor. Award: $200 + publication. http://hudsonwhitman.com

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Deadline: May 4, 2015

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Carve Magazine’s 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1-May 15, featuring guest judge Andre Dubus III. Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2015 issue and considered by three lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. No limit to number of entries. Max 6,000 words. www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/.

If and Only If

Deadline: May 15, 2015

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions related to body image, the body and eating disorders for our Summer 2015 issue. We accept art, fiction, nonfiction and poetry for publication in our online journal. We’re also interested in interviews and audio/video submissions for publication on our website. Go to www.ifandonlyifjournal.com for guidelines and to submit your work.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry – $2000 plus publication

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The 19th 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 a 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 to lynxhousepress.submittable.com. Postmark deadline: May 15, 2015. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press. The 2014 winner was Prartho Sereno for Elephant Raga. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, Dara Wier, and David Wojahn. More details at www.lynxhousepress.org.

Buddhist Poetry Review Volume Two

Deadline: May 25, 2015

Buddhist Poetry Review is seeking submissions for Volume Two, Issue One. The reading period will begin on April 1st and continue through May 25th, 2015. There will not be a theme for this issue, but poems should, as always, be inspired/informed by Buddhism in some way. www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/home

Baltimore Review Summer Contest – Crime

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Baltimore Review Summer Issue Contest Theme: Crime. From infractions to felonies. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. All contest entries, regardless of genre, should be submitted through the Contest link in Submittable. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction (5,000-word limit for non-contest, non-theme submissions). One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Final judge: Sujata Massey. See guidelines at http://baltimorereview.org.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal seeks submissions for the young

Deadline: May 31, 2015

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ), an independent biannual online journal for children and young adults readers, invites well-crafted and mind-blowing submissions for our audience (12+). We would love to have new poems, fictions, artworks, etc. for our Issue 2. Typical pieces for kids will be unlikely to get through. Visit us at www.balloons-lit-journal.com for the complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train’s May Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation >5000. First places wins $1500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third win $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Results announced on August 1. Held quarterly. All four of last year’s winning pieces were their authors’ first fiction in print. www.glimmertrain.com

From the Depths 2015: Backroads & Porch Swings

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Haunted Waters Press is currently seeking works of fiction and poetry for the 2015 issue of our literary journal, From the Depths. Backroads and Porch Swings will feature works depicting a slice of life in rural America. Captivate us with the romance and simplicity of country living. Bring us subtle Midwestern tales of lives rooted in soil. Show us the other side of the tracks with darker fiction inspired by the great Southern Gothic and Country Noir storytellers. Most of all, take us back to the places that haunt our memories and call us home. http://hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit

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Writing Contests for April 2015

April2015WritingContestsThere seem to be so many writing contests for the upcoming year! So, we’ve decided to break them up by month to make it easier for people to digest and submit. On the fence about submitting your writing to contests or journals? Take a look at our post Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals, and good luck!

“‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest” by Garrison Keillor

Deadline: April 4, 2015

We love poetry at Common Good Books, and to prove it our proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of “‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.” Three poets will receive grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. http://commongoodbooks.com/%E2%80%9C%E2%80%98dear-you%E2%80%99-third-annual-common-good-books-poetry-contest%E2%80%9D

Album Review Writing Contest

Deadline: April 14, 2015

What’s in your music library? A few crowd pleasers, that album that was better than you first thought… and too many embarrassing guilty pleasures to mention? If you love listening to music, you just might like to write about it too… If so, check out Write the World’s newest competition for young writers, ages 13-18. The Album Review Competition opens Monday, March 30, 2015. Cash Prizes and Public Praise! http://writetheworld.com

SRPR Editors’ Prize $1000

Deadline: April 15, 2015

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) 2015 Editors’ Prize. Winner awarded $1000, an honorarium to read at our annual gala reading event, and a published introduction to the winning poem written by this year’s judge. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three-five honorable mentions. All winning poems & several finalists are published. 2014 judge: Joshua Corey. 2015 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to three poems by 4/15/2015. Entry fee of $20 includes subscription (two issues). See website for guidelines www.srpr.org.

Beecher’s 2015 Contest Has Begun!

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Beecher’s Magazine, an annual print journal produced by graduate students at the University of Kansas, is open to contest submissions from February 15-April 15, 2015. Judges are LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Poetry), Matt Bell (Fiction), and Alissa Nutting (Nonfiction). Winners receive $200 and publication in Beecher’s 5. Runners-up may also be considered for publication. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 5. To submit, visit http://beechersmag.submittable.com/submit.

Sycamore Review Wabash Prize in Fiction

Deadline: April 17, 2015

Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Fiction is open to submissions March 1 through April 17. This year, Kelly Link will judge. Winner receives $1,000 dollars and publication in Sycamore Review. All entries considered for publication. Reading fee of $20 includes copy of the prize issue. For more details, see www.sycamorereview.com.

Passages North Nonfiction and Poetry Prizes Open

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Passages North will accept submissions for the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize through April 20, 2015. Contest judges will be Steven Church and Lynn Emanuel, respectively. One winner in each contest will receive $1000 and publication in Passages North Issue 37. Entry Fee is $15 and all entrants will receive a copy of Issue 37. See full contest details at http://passagesnorth.com/contests/. Issue 37 will also feature the winner of Little Presque Books’ 2015 Novella Contest. Entry fee is $20 and submissions close April 24. Novella contest details at http://littlepresquebooks.com.

Epiphany Magazine’s Chapbook Competition

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Reading Fee: $6 per submission. Fiction (judged by Luis Jaramillo), poetry (judged by Katie Peterson), literary nonfiction (judged by Kristin Dombek), and graphic literature (judged by Lydia Conklin) accepted. For fiction, nonfiction, and graphic lit: total of 5k-10k words, double-spaced, 12pt font. You can submit a single story or several stories within that limit to be published as a whole. Graphic lit entries must be black and white illustrations only. For poetry: one poem per page, total page count should not exceed 20 pages. All poems should be unpublished. All poetry forms are acceptable and welcome. Award: Publication, cash prize in each genre, and 5 contributor copies. http://epiphanyzine.com/submit.html

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2015

23rd year. $4,000 in cash prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Seeks short stories and essays up to 6,000 words each. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on WinningWriters.com (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $16. Final judge: Arthur Powers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter at www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Inlandia Institute announces The Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Inlandia Institute is proud to announce The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. Two winners, one entry fee: National and Regional, $1000 each. Submit a poetry manuscript between 48 – 100 pages. Submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal: http://inlandiaaliteraryjourney.submittable.com/submit/37899. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2015 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced in September 2015, and we expect to publish the winning books in December of 2015.

Cloudbank Magazine Poetry/Flash Fiction Prize Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Cloudbank magazine is offering a $200 prize for one poem or flash fiction published in the upcoming issue, Cloudbank 9. The winning poem or flash fiction is chosen by editors Michael Malan and Peter Sears, Oregon’s poet laureate. Revive us with your fire! Send up to 5 poems or short prose pieces with the $15 fee by April 30. Fee includes a two-issue subscription, starting with the current issue. Send to: Cloudbank, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339. Full guidelines and more at www.cloudbankbooks.com.

Competition for Imagine This! An Artprize Anthology

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For writers of poetry, short stories (1500 words) and personal essays (1500 words). Submissions through April 30, 2015. First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250. Top 25 entries will be published in anthology. Submission fee: $20. Managed by the Cascade Writers’ Group and Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize hub and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year. Named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year. http://readwritelive.org/anthology-competition-2015

$6,000 in Prizes with the Nimrod Literary Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The 37th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards are now open! Submit to The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with first prizes of $2,000 and publication, and second prizes of $1,000 and publication. All finalists will be considered for publication. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one short story, 7,500 words maximum. Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. For more information and complete submission guidelines, visit www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

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Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals

SubmitWritingContestsThere are lots of great contests and journals that are almost always accepting submissions  for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, novels, ebooks, chapbooks — you name it! Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

If you want advice on other ways that you can help increase your status as a writing or published author, please contact SDP Publishing.

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More Winter Writing Contests

AttentionThere 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. Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

Below is a list of writing contests for the winter that we put together to help you submit your work. Now get submitting!

The Orison Poetry Prize

Deadline: February 15, 2015
Orison Books offers $1,500 and publication in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60-100 pages by February 15, 2015. Entry fee: $25. Judge: C. Dale Young. Anyone with a close personal relationship with or who has ever been a student of the judge is ineligible. All finalists considered for publication. Electronic submissions preferred; hard copy submissions may be sent to the following address with a check for the entry fee made out to Orison Books: The Orison Poetry Prize, PO Box 8385, Asheville, NC 28814. For complete guidelines, go to www.orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines.

Able Muse Contests for 2015

Deadline: February 15, 2015; March 31, 2015
Write Prize (poetry & fiction): $500 each plus publication. Final judges are H.L. Hix (poetry) and Eugenia Kim (fiction). $15 entry fee. Deadline February 15, 2015.
Book Award (poetry): $1000 plus book publication. The final judge is Peter Campion. $25 entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Enter now—go to www.ablemusepress.com for details.

Ruminate Magazine Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: February 20, 2015
Ruminate Magazine is currently accepting submissions for our 2015 VanderMey Creative Nonfiction Prize. Along with publication in our Summer 2015 issue, the winner will be awarded $1500 and the runner-up will be awarded publication and $200. There is a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the magazine. The deadline for submissions is February 20th, 2015. To read the complete contest guidelines and to submit, please visit our website: www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/.

The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

Deadline: February 28, 2015
The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award is now open. The award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Guest judge is Sara Sargent, an editor at Simon Pulse (imprint of Simon & Schuster). Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript, plus $25 fee via Submittable. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.

Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation/Multi-Lingual Texts

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for our Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation/Multi-Lingual Texts. Include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights and permissions for translated works, and the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. The winner receives $200 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket alongside two semi-finalists. For submission guidelines (follow guidelines CAREFULLY) visit our website: lunchticket.org.

Lunch Ticket’s Diana Wood Memorial Award is now accepting submissions!

Deadline: February 28, 2015
The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by family, friends, and the Antioch University L.A.’s MFA community. DWMA serves as an opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in Lunch Ticket. Creative nonfiction authors should submit an essay of 5,000 words maximum on the subject of their choice to be considered for the award. Submissions from February 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015. The winner receives $250 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket with two semi-finalists. For further details/submission manager (please read the guidelines CAREFULLY before submitting), visit: lunchticket.org.

Wag’s Revue 2015 Winter Contest in Fiction, Poetry, Essays

Deadline: February 28, 2015
The online-only literary quarterly Wag’s Revue is now accepting submissions for its 2015 Winter Contest. Entries in fiction, poetry, and essays are considered. First prize will be $1000 and publication in the magazine. Second will be $500 and third $100. All entires are considered for publication. To familiarize yourself with Wag’s Revue (and read past contest winners), visit the archive (www.wagsrevue.com/archive) where all 19 issues can be read for free.

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

Deadline: February 28, 2015

Accepting stories (fiction or memoir) of 2000 words or fewer on the theme “Food Stories.” Winners received cash and publication, with the first place story eligible for publication in the anthology, A READABLE FEAST: SWEET, FUNNY, AND STRANGE TALES FOR EVERY TASTE, to be published in the Fall of 2015. (And they’ll receive a free copy of the paperback, too!) Entry Fee: $10

For more information, visit the website at: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

Nivalis 2015

Deadline: February 28, 2015

“Nivalis”, the theme of the contest, represents the winter season. Interpretation of the theme is left to the writer’s fancy – the story may have winter as the backdrop, or may convey a sense of chill. It may be a gloomy tale up in the north, or a pleasant story away from the tropical heat. We are not too choosy about the genre either – we love what is known as literary fiction, but your story could as easily belong to the crime / mystery genre, or it may be a tale of horror if you have Edgar Poe in you. In other words, so long as there is a commonly accepted or acceptable interpretation of the theme embedded in the plot, it works for us. However, this contest is not for children’s stories, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, chick lit or similar such. Entry Fee: $10. More info: www.fabulapress.com.

The contest will be judged by four independent judges, including Clare Wallace, Literary Agent for Darley Anderson.

St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2015
St. Petersburg Review is an independent, international, nonprofit, annual review of contemporary literature that seeks to foster and promote global connections and affinities through the annual publication of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from all countries. Our poetry contest, which has a 5% or better publication rate, will be accepting submissions September 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015. Visit www.stpetersburgreview.com for complete information on the contest and other SPRactivities.

Calling for 2015 Molly Prize Submissions

Deadline: March 9, 2015
From January 1 through March 9, 2015, The Texas Observer and the Texas Democracy Foundation will be accepting entries for The MOLLY National Journalism Prize. The MOLLY is an annual national print or online journalism award in honor of Molly Ivins with a $5,000 prize and two honorable mentions of $1,000. The prize will be awarded for an article or series of up to four short, related articles or columns telling the stories that need telling, challenge conventional wisdom, focus on civil liberties and/or social justice, and embody the intelligence, deep thinking and/or passionate wit that marked Molly’s work. www.texasobserver.org/mollyawardsubmissions/

Annual BrainStorm Contest Seeks Poetry from Survivors of Mental Illness

Deadline: March 13, 2015
The 13th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest is open to poets worldwide who have personally experienced mental illness. The entry fee is $15 for up to three poems, and only $12 if you submit online. This contest, which is blind-judged, is intended as a fundraiser for Open Minds Quarterly as well as a way to support excellence in our peer community. We celebrate the winners and honourable mentions with publication in Open Minds Quarterly and award monetary prizes to the top three winners: $250 First Prize; $150 Second Prize; $75 Third Prize. More details here:www.openmindsquarterly.com/portfolio/2015-brainstorm-poetry/.

Willow Springs Fiction Prize 2015

Deadline: March 15, 2015
Willow Springs Fiction Prize—$2,000 plus publication. Submission deadline: March 15, 2015. Original, unpublished work only; no word limit for submissions. $15 entry fee. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. Submit a story online at willowsprings.submittable.com/submit. More details here: willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php.

Jabberwock Review Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

Deadline: March 15, 2015
Jabberwock Review
 invites submissions to the Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review. All finalists are considered for publication. The entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription, beginning with the prize issue. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please go to www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu for more information and to submit your work online.

Epiphany Magazine Chapbook Contest Call for Submissions

Deadline: March 15, 2015
Fiction, judged by Luis Jaramillo; poetry, judged by Katie Peterson; literary nonfiction, judged by Kristin Dombek; Graphic literature, judged by Lydia Conklin. Please submit work for the following genres with a cover sheet, title, name & contact info. Work must be previously unpublished—online or in print: Fiction, Nonfiction, & Graphic Lit: submit 10- 20 pages double-spaced, 12pt font. You can submit a single story or several stories within that page/word count to be published as a whole. For Graphic Lit entries: black and white illustrations only. Poetry: One poem per page. Total page count should not exceed 20 pages; all poetry forms welcome. $6 submission fee. Submit: www.epiphanyzine.com/submissions/.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: March 14, 2015
Now accepting short story submissions to the 2015 Nelligan Prize. Author of the winning story receives $2,000 and the story is published in the fall issue of Colorado Review. The final judge is Lauren Groff. All stories will be considered for publication. $15 entry fee (add $2 for online submissions). Stories must be under 50 pages and unpublished.coloradoreview.colostate.edu

Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest in Fiction and Poetry

Deadline: March 15, 2015
PRIZES: $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. ELIGIBILITY: The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all writers writing in English. JUDGING: Semi-finalists will be chosen by members of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series National Advisory Board. HOW TO SEND: We accept electronic submissions and hard copy submissions, with an entry fee of $25. WHEN TO SEND: Submissions will be accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2015. For submission guidelines or to submit online, visit prairieschooner.unl.edu. General submissions are always free and accepted through May 1.

Prospero Prizes for Poetry and Flash Fiction

Deadline: March 15, 2015
Attend, Leviathan. SHARKPACK Poetry Review Annual seeks poetry and very short fiction of unusual philosophical and/or imaginative power for our second issue, themed ‘Cities, Sites.’ The Prospero Prizes include a cash award of $150 and feature publication; winners will be chosen from general (free!) submissions. 1-3 prizes will be awarded. Please visitspr.submittable.com for guidelines and further details. We’re very grateful for your interest.

2015 Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Deadline: March 22, 2015
Awarding $6,000 in prizes to poets, essayists, and fiction writers, the 2015 judges for the Gulf Coast Prizes are Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Fiction), Maggie Nelson (Nonfiction), and Carl Phillips (Poetry)! The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 28.1 in Fall 2015, and all entries are considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. Deadline: March 22, 2015. Visitgulfcoastmag.org for details.

The Prime Number Magazine Awards

Deadline: March 31, 2015
Three categories: Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction. First prize in each category wins $1,000; Second Prize wins $250. First, Second, and Third Prizes published in Prime Number Magazine. Guidelines at www.PrimeNumberMagazine.com.

Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize

Deadline: March 31, 2015
Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by The University of Utah Press and The University of Utah Department of English. $1,500 Cash Prize and Publication from the Press; $500 and reading in The University of Utah’s Guest Writers Series from The University of Utah Department of English. We are now on Submittable. Manuscripts must be in English and should be between 48 and 100 pages. Manuscripts are due March 31st with a fee of $25. Check our website for more information: upress.lib.utah.edu/ali-poetry-prize.php.

Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2015
$5,000 awarded. The Masters Review anthology is open to submissions from any writer who has not published a novel-length work. $500 and publication, which includes an exclusive mailing to agents, editors, and publishers is awarded to ten writers. Entries judged by Kevin Brockmeier. Send up to 7,000 words. All entries considered for publication. $20 (nonrefundable) reading fee required. Visitwww.mastersreview.com/submissions for complete guidelines. “If these are the voices we’ll be hearing from, American literature has an awful lot to look forward to.” –Ramona Ausubel, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

$1000 Free Entry Film Poetry Prize & Call for Submissions

Deadline: Year-round
Carbon Culture Review
 is at the intersection of technology + literature + art. Available in bookstores in the United States, we feature monthly creative work, literature and art, as well as articles and reviews on exciting new tech online alongside our annual print edition. We are now offering an annual $1000 film poetry prize—with free entry! Also seeking submissions in all genres. Hack us at carbonculturereview.com.

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Winter Writing Contests: Start Submitting!

writing_contestThere 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. Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

Below is a list of writing contests for the winter that we put together to help you submit your work. Now get submitting!

Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Submissions are open for the 2015 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by National Book Award Winner Mary Szybist! Winner receives $1,500, Honorable Mention receives $500, both published in december magazine’s Spring awards issue. All finalists listed and considered for publication. $20 entry fee includes copy of awards issue. Up to 3 poems per entry. Guidelines at www.decembermag.org/december-awards/, submit online at www.december.submittable.com/submit.

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2014

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/short-short-story-competition

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris. www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Submissions are open for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication. Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Entry fee is $15. Sponsored by the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing. Enter at walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit. This year’s final judge TBA. Winner announced and published in 2015.

Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open

Deadline December 31, 2014
1st place has been increased to $2500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $1000/$600, consideration for publication. Results announced on March 1. Word count generally ranges 2000-8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. There are no theme restrictions. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, Pen/O. Henry, New Stories from the SouthNew Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online: www.glimmertrain.org.

Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest

Submission deadline: January 1, 2015

Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest is now accepting entries in all styles, sensibilities and related genres—fiction, nonfiction, lyric essay and hybrid work. No singular genre preferred; the sole criterion is excellence. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Tupelo Quarterly. Runners-up and finalists will also be published. Final judge is Joanna Howard. There is a reading fee of $20. Please visit www.tupeloquarterly.com/submit for full submission guidelines.

2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry: Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 14, 2015

$2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2015. Final judge is Laura Kasischke. The $25 entry fee includes one-year subscription to Colorado Review. Obtain complete guidelines by sending SASE or visiting website. Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105. coloradoprize.colostate.edu.

Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize judged by L.S. Asekoff

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Dora and Alexander Raynes poetry prize from Jewish Currents magazine is now accepting submissions. NOTE: Poets of all ages, backgrounds, religions/non-religions, and orientations are encouraged to submit. This year’s theme is “The World to Come.” Our judge is the venerable and gracious L. S. Asekoff. $1,000 first prize, $180 for two second prizes, and magazine publication. The top 36 poems will be collected into an anthology Summer 2015. All poems considered for future publication in the magazine. Details for online and snail mail submissions: jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize.

The Boiler Flash Essay Contest

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Boiler challenges you to submit flash essays under 600 words. We’re open to hybrid forms of poetry, essay, and memoir. The only things that matters are whether you can sustain our attention and craft a well-written, sleek, beautiful little thing. Two winners will receive $600 and publication in our spring issue. Finalists will be considered for publication in our spring issue and other prizes. Submissions open October 31st and close January 15th. We will announce the winner in the spring of 2015. To get an idea of what we like, read magazines like Brevity, Sweet, or other flash journals. www.theboilerjournal.com

Lamar York Prizes in Fiction and Nonfiction

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction. Entries must be submitted via Submittable (under the appropriate contest category) between October 1 and January 31. All entries will be considered for publication. An entry fee of $15 (nonrefundable) includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review beginning with the Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Visit thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu for complete guidelines.

The Crazyhorse Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, & poetry

Deadline: January 31, 2015

From January 1 to January 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winners receive $2,000 and publication. The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. Adam Johnson (fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction), and Alberto Ríos (poetry) will select the winners. For more information, please visit our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu.

Arcadia Short Story Contest

Deadline: February 1, 2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story. Submit exceptionally well-crafted short stories of less than 12,000 words with a $15.00 entry fee between November 1 and February 1. All stories submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in March. The winning story will appear in the spring issue of Arcadia. For more details and to submit: www.arcadiamagazine.org/#!contests/cr6f

The Meadow Novella Prize

Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Meadow is now accepting novella manuscripts from October 15th to February 1st. Upload manuscripts between 18,000 to 35,000 words through Submittable. Judged by Brandon Hobson. Entry fee: $15 paid through Submittable. Winner receives $500, 50 copies, and publication in the 2015 issue. View submission guidelines: www.tmcc.edu/meadow.

W.B. Yeats Society of NY Poetry Competition

Deadline: February 1, 2015

First prize $500, second $250, honorable mentions. Unpublished poems in English up to 60 lines on any subject, each (judged separately) typed on 8½ x 11-inch sheet without author’s name. Attach to each 3×5 card with title and entrant’s name and contact information. Entry fees: $8 first poem, $7 each additional. Include SASE for judge’s report, also posted on YeatsSociety.org in March. Winners receive Yeats Society memberships and are honored at early April ceremony in NYC. Authors retain rights, but permit us to publish winning entries. These are complete guidelines, no entry form needed. 2015 judge: Jessica Greenbaum. YeatsSociety.org

bioStories Announces Essay Contest

Deadline: February 16, 2015

bioStories is seeking submissions for its 2nd annual essay contest. The 2015 theme is “Elders”. In keeping with its mission to “share the extraordinary stories of ordinary people,” bioStories is seeking outstanding nonfiction pieces that interpret the thematic focus on “elders” broadly and imaginatively. Winner receives $250 and publication. Entry fee $10. Detailed contest submission guidelines are linked via the homepage and on the “contest” tab of our website: www.biostories.com.

2nd Annual Zero Bone Poetry Prize

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Emily Dickinson, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poems. Open to all poets—those with or without previous publishing credits and from anywhere in the world. (Winners outside the U.S. will need a Paypal account to receive their award.) Winning manuscripts will reflect the thoughtful humanity and careful craftsmanship of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, though not necessarily her style. Nature themes are especially welcome as are all styles of poems. Maximum of 5 poems. $2 submission fee per poem. Top place winners: $200, $100, $50. Judge TBA. www.portyonderpress.com/zero-bone-poetry-prize.html

St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2015

St. Petersburg Review is an independent, international, nonprofit, annual review of contemporary literature that seeks to foster and promote global connections and affinities through the annual publication of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from all countries. Our poetry contest, which has a 5% or better publication rate, will be accepting submissions September 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015. Visit www.stpetersburgreview.com for complete information on the contest and other SPR activities.

Prospero Prizes for Poetry and Flash Fiction

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Attend, Leviathan. SHARKPACK Poetry Review Annual seeks poetry and very short fiction of unusual philosophical and/or imaginative power for our second issue, themed ‘Cities, Sites.’ The Prospero Prizes include a cash award of $150 and feature publication; winners will be chosen from general (free!) submissions. 1-3 prizes will be awarded. Please visit spr.submittable.com for guidelines and further details. We’re very grateful for your interest.

Willow Springs Fiction Prize 2015

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Willow Springs Fiction Prize—$2,000 plus publication. Submission deadline: March 15, 2015. Original, unpublished work only; no word limit for submissions. $15 entry fee. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. Submit a story online at willowsprings.submittable.com/submit. More details here: willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php.

Penny Fiction 2015: A Flash Fiction Writing Competition from HWP

Deadline: Rolling

Haunted Waters Press editor, Penny Dreadful, seeks exceptionally small works of fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories may also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. In keeping with the 2015 theme featuring works which depict a slice of life in rural America, tell us a story in exactly 21 words—no more, no less. The contest will be held in three rounds. Each round ends upon receipt of 200 submissions. One Submittable submission per author, per round. For full submission details visit hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit/36149

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished

 

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Fall Writing Contests: Start Submitting!

AttentionThere 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. Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

Below is a list of writing contests for the fall that we put together to help you submit your work. Now get submitting!

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

Online Deadline: September 15, 2014

Guest judge Fanny Howe 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. There is a $25 submission fee; all entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing. Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. See www.lesfigues.com/submit for full guidelines.

Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on “Waiting”

Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014

Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Waiting.” They are looking for well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

Margaret Atwood, Zsuszi Gartner Judge The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!

Online submission deadline: September 30, 2014

The Puritan is accepting entries to The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The prize is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions until September 30th through our online manager (www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions). The judges for this year’s prize are celebrated writers Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 18 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $800+. Entry fee is $15.

Green Rose Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: September 30, 2014

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. To submit online visit: www.newissuespoetryprose.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines, visit: www.wmich.edu/newissues.

Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2014

1st place has been increased to $1,500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on December 1. Open to stories about family in all its configurations. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 is fine. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online:www.glimmertrain.org.

The Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Enter the 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Winners in each genre will receive $5,000, publication in the spring 2015 issue of The Missouri Review, and be brought to Columbia, Missouri, for a reading and reception. Please submit no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. The entry fee is $20, which entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Winners will be announced in January 2015.www.missourireview.com

2014 In Cahoots Contest – $50 Cash Prize

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014

There is no entrance fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay (but if your submission is published elsewhere first, it will be disqualified for First Prize, so please notify them immediately if it is picked up elsewhere). Submissions must be new collaborative work only. This means all submissions must be created by 2+ people. Submit 1-3 pieces in a single email. Each piece may have a different collaborative team. All submissions must include a literary component but may include or be paired with a visual or audio component. All submissions will also be considered for normal publication. Read more here:
cahoodaloodaling.com/in-cahoots-contest/.

New Delta Review Short Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: October 4, 2014

New Delta Review seeks entries for the second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, a contest judged by the amazing Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist. They are looking for a full narrative in a small package (1500 words or less). Winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of New Delta Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. Enter with $10 fee through Submittable at: newdeltareview.submittable.com/submit.

Gerald Cable Book Award

Deadline: October 15

This award is offered annually for the best previously unpublished debut poetry collection. This prize is awarded annually to a book-length manuscript of original poetry by an author who has not yet published a full-length collection. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter; translations are not acceptable. Top prize is $1,000, publication, and 25 copies of the book. http://www.silverfishreviewpress.com/?page=award

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: October 24

This contest is offered annually to encourage analytical thinking and excellence in writing-open to high school seniors, undergrads, and graduate students. More than 80 cash prizes, including a $10,000 top prize. http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue

Indiana Review Fiction Contest

Deadline: October 31

This contest is offered for the best previously unpublished short story. The winner receives $1,000, publication, and contributor copies. http://indianareview.org/prizes/2014-fiction-prize/

Walt Whitman Award

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted online only September 1 through November 1, 2014

The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet to honor a poet’s first book. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/walt-whitman-award

Flash Fiction Contest

Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions for the Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission guidelines here:
lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html.
Visit our TLR website here: www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.

The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers is now open!

Online submission deadline: November 30, 2014

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its first annual Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. The contest seeks to recognize the works of writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The prize alternates each year between poetry and prose, and this year we seek to recognize an exceptional piece of poetry. There is no entry fee for the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and publication in our January 2015 issue. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In order to submit, please visitwww.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html.

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1,000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris.
www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

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The 2015 Call for Entries for the 27th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards is Now Open!

BFA_Call_cover_180px+borderThe Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association of independent publishers, a leader for member benefits, education, and advocacy, has announced a call for entries for the 27th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™. Regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards includes 55 categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design. The Awards are unique in that the entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions. The actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers.

This is a fantastic chance to have your work recognized on national level. However, you need to be a member of the IBPA in order to enter the contest. SDP Publishing is a member of IBPA and we can offer our authors the opportunity to submit their books for this contest. If you are interested in submitting your book, please contact us at lross@SDPPublishing.com, and we can help you through the process.

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The 2015 Call for Entries is now open!

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2014 may enter the competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines: the first on September 30, 2014 and the second on December 15, 2014.

Visit the newly redesigned Benjamin Franklin Awards website for further details. http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/

Independent publishing is vibrant and growing. Help us celebrate your contributions by entering the 27th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards!

WHY ENTER?

One Gold and two Silver award winners are determined in each category. Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, all winners receive:

  • Two tickets to the award ceremony recognizing all the award winners. See below.
  • A personalized award certificate.
  • Special award stickers to affix to the winning books.
  • Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Announcement to major trade journals (including Publishers Weekly and Book Business), to select public libraries, through all IBPA social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, the IBPA Blog and more.

Winners for the years from 2010 through 2014 are archived on the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2013 are archived on the IBPA Online website.

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Summer Writing Contests: Get Writing and Submit!

writing_contestSubmitting 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. Entering 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 submit your work.

2014 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: June 15, 2014

Backbone Press is accepting submissions for our annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. The contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience. Please see our website for guidelines: www.backbonepress.org/contest. Final Judge: Nikki Giovanni.

2014 New American Fiction Prize: Accepting Full-Length Manuscripts Now.

Online submission deadline: June 15, 2014

$1,000 award, book publication, and promotion support. All full-length fiction manuscripts accepted: a collection of stories and/or novella(s), or a novel. No length restrictions. Final judge is Nicole Louise Reid, editor/publisher of RopeWalk Press and winner of the Dana Award in Short Fiction and the Willamette Award in Short Fiction. Deadline: June 15, 2014. Entry fee: $22.50. To submit, please visit:www.NewAmericanPress.com/contests/current.php. We are no longer able to accept snail mail submissions.

1-year Anniversary Competition

Email submission deadline: June 15, 2014

The Jewish Literary Journal is holding an anniversary competition on the theme of “Creation/Building.” Entering is Free. There will be 1 winner each in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction, with a $50 prize per winner to be paid through Amazon Payments. The submission period is April 15-June 15 and winners will be published in issue 13, publishing July 1st. All documents must be in .doc/.docx format and should be submitted to editors@jewishliteraryjournal.com. You must include your name, genre, and the words “1-year competition” in the subject line of your submission e-mail to be considered. For More information check out:jewishliteraryjournal.com!

Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

Online submission deadline: June 25, 2014

Drunken Boat is accepting submissions of poetry, hybrid poetry, and poetry in translation for our inaugural book contest, judged by Forrest Gander. Deadline: June 25. Prize: $500, publication, 20 copies, and a launch at AWP. Manuscripts should be between 30 and 120 pages. Details: drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit.

Flash Fiction Contest

Submission deadline: June 30, 2014

Literary Juice is hosting its second flash fiction contest, for stories 500 words or fewer. First prize winner will receive $200 (USD), plus publication of winning story on our website; runner-up will receive $50 (USD), plus publication online. Please, visit our website for submission guidelines. www.literaryjuice.com

Blue Lyra Review’s Living Earth Nonfiction & Longish Poem Contest

Submission deadline: June 30, 2014

The Living Earth Creative Nonfiction Prize, 5000 words. Looking for essays on any subject with a wide interpretation of ideas: people, planet, or nature, anything living on this earth. Judge: Sharman Apt Russell, author of Diary of a Citizen Scientist. $9/entry, $15 with anthology. Prize: $100 + print publication. Guidelines here: bluelyrareview.com/submissions/contests/.
The Blue Lyra Longish Poem Prize, 2-6 pages, one poem or strongly linked smaller poems. Judge: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, author of Ghost Gear. All entries eligible for publication. $9/entry, $15 with anthology. Prize: $100 + print publication. We follow CLMP regulations. Submissions must go through Submittable. Link and guidelines here: bluelyrareview.com/submissions/contests/.

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Online/Postmark submission deadline: June 30, 2014

Bauhan Publishing—May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is accepting submissions (US Mail and submittable.com). $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Judged exclusively by Gary Margolis, Middlebury, VT. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. For guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/contest.

Online submission deadline: July 1, 2014

Announcing The Missing Slate‘s inaugural cash prize fiction writing competition. We are looking for work that is original, thoughtful, well-articulated and creative, with characters we can care about. Entries must be no longer than 10,000 words, be previously unpublished, and not be selected as a winner, finalist or honorable mention in another competition. These can include novel excerpts. You can submit from anywhere in the world—anything that expands our world view is welcomed. Full contest details (including submissions guidelines can be found here): themissingslate.com/new-voices-writing-competition/. Prize: $150 (increases with each entry!)

Bellevue Literary Review Annual Prizes

Submission deadline: July 1, 2014

Bellevue Literary Review’s annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (Judge: Chang-rae Lee), $1,000 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction (Judge: Anne Fadiman), $1,000 Marica & Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (Judge: Major Jackson). Deadline July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Submit online: www.blreview.org.

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Email/Postmark deadline: July 15, 2014

1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $250 + publication in Vallum 2014. Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke. Vallum is 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 CDN 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 visit:www.vallummag.com/contestnp.html

Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: August 1, 2014

Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest!! You can submit up to 2 pieces of flash fiction that are 750 words or fewer for only $2.00! 1st-$500, 2nd-$250, 3rd-$100. Winners will be published in our Fall issue. We may also publish other admirable submissions. Winners will be notified after the contest has closed on August 1st. Please only enter once. Submit here:blueearthreview.submittable.com/submit/24696.

The Crazy-shorts! Contest

Online submission deadline: July 31, 2014

From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. 1st place will win $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication, and the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. 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!

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 guidelineswww.srpr.org.

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 www.thegeorgiareview.com.

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 www.imaginaryfriendpress.com.

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 atwww.smu.edu/southwestreview.

$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.
elsewheremag.org/issue-2/contests.php

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 atiowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest 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 tolynxhousepress.submittable.com. 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. www.lynxhousepress.org

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 FictionFix.net 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. www.hauntedwaterspress.com/Submissions.html

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 atsites.csn.edu/english/redrockreview/Prize_Page.html. Submission guidelines atsites.csn.edu/english/redrockreview/Frequently 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. www.therustytoque.com/fiction-chapbook-contest.html

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 visit:www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html.

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 torridliterature.com/Contests.html.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. 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!