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Contests Showing 12 of 26
Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets . Winner will receive $1,000 and publication awarded for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. The poems may be a sequence or unrelated. All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
Room Creative Non-fiction Contest. Room's contests are open to women, trans, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. One submission is one piece of creative non-fiction (memoir, travel writing, nonfiction humour, essay, literary journalism, personal journalism, biography, profile, etc.) of up to 3,500 words. Please double-space all prose submissions. Your name cannot appear ANYwhere in or on your submission. FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication in Room; SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room; HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 + publication on Room's website. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, Canada
Heartwood Broadside Series Contest. Partnering with West Virginia letterpress company Base Camp Printing, we print the winning entry (poetry or flash prose) on a limited-edition letterpress broadside featuring an original image inspired by the text. Submit one poem (of any form) or flash prose piece (fiction or nonfiction) per entry; regardless of genre, the entry must be 200 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Submit one poem (of any form) or flash prose piece (fiction or nonfiction) per entry; regardless of genre, the entry must be 200 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. All entries will also be considered for publication in HeartWood. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers. This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland. For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one single-authored book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible). Entrants may be located anywhere in the world. Pays, Fees, Fiction, International
Narrative Prize. The $4,000 prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. Short short story manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.
 Short stories, essays, and other short works of fiction/nonfiction can be between 2,000-15,000 words. Novellas and other long works that aren't book length may be between 15,000-40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. Poetry submissions may contain up to 5 poems. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.
 Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Juxtaprose Chapbook Prize. Entries should consists of a single poetry manuscript of between 20 and 40 pages. Manuscripts must not have been previously published in any form -- including any form of online publication -- in order to be eligible, although individual poems (up to 90% of the chapbook's length) may have appeared in other venues. $1,000 will be awarded to the winner. They will also receive 50 free print copies of their chapbook if they are a U.S. based writer, or 40 copies if they are internationally based. Entrants must be the author or coauthor of each of the chapbook's poems (translations are not permissible). Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. Awarded to the author of the best unpublished short story of the year. Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018. Any story submitted should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length and unpublished. The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Britain
Los Angeles Review Awards. Prizes for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction award winners include a $1000 honorarium and publication via LAR Online and in the best-of annual print edition of The Los Angeles Review, issue no. 24, set to be released in spring 2019. Please submit full length prose pieces no longer than 2,500 words, flash fiction of no more than 500 words, or up to three poems of 50 lines each. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Drum Heinz Literature Prize. The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. Pays, Fiction, United States
Autumn House Press Contests. The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible, as are fiction submissions between 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible. Nonfiction submissions should also be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Berlin Writing Prize. Submit your prose writing on the theme 'The Circus'‬ for the chance to win a 1-month residency in a luxury apartment at ‪The Circus Hotel in Berlin‬ + a 4-day guest pass to‬ the 2020 Literary Seminar courtesy of The British Council. Max 3000 words. ‪ More on: https://www.thereaderberlin.com/2019writingprize/ Fees, Unpaid, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor International Poetry Prize. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. The winner will receive AUD$15,000. The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000. All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details). Entries may be submitted from any place in the world. Pays, Fees, Poetry, International
Publications Showing 14 of 28
The Hopper. We're interested in work that offers new and different articulations of the human experience in nature. Specifically, nature writing that is psychologically honest about the environmental crisis and the impacts of mechanical modernity. Nonfiction submissions must be no more than 4,000 words and are limited to the following: Personal nature essays, literary recipes, or narrative longform journalism. Short fiction entries should also run under 4,000 words. Poetry should include no more than five poems. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Contrary. We believe poetry is contrary by nature and we look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. We have published long stories on the belief that they succeed, but we feel more comfortable with the concise. We favour fiction that is contrary in any number of ways, but our fiction typically defies traditional story form. “Commentary” is our word for the stuff that others define negatively as non-fiction, nominally as essay, or naively as truth. We favor commentary that delivers a message less through exposition than through artistry. The commentary we select is often lyrical, narrative, or poetic. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Nightboat Books Radical Trans Poetics Anthology. Inviting submissions for an anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, co-edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel for publication in 2020. By “radical” we mean to suggest two overlapping aims, both political and aesthetic. Politically, we’re interested in assembling poetry and poetics united against capitalism, racism and empire, in a horizon of gender and sexual liberation. We’re excited by poetry that emerges from, travels alongside, encompasses or corresponds with collective struggle and movement. Some things we’re looking for in particular: poems of revenge and desire, lyric essays, epistolary poems, correspondence between trans writers, ekphrasis, constraint-based poetry, poetry in translation, collaborative writing. We’re not looking for research essays. This anthology seeks to publish work by and for trans writers. We especially invite work by writers of color and writers outside the US and Canada. We welcome collaborative work and submissions in translation, with permission of the original writer. We’re looking for submissions of up to 5 pages. Unpaid, Poetry, United States
Geometry. Stories and creative non-fiction should not exceed 8,000 words in length. Poems should be no longer than 50 lines. We do not accept novel extracts, children's fiction and genre fiction, e.g. romance, fantasy and crime stories. Our writers are paid anywhere between $10-$50 for poetry and 1-3 cents per word for fiction and nonfiction. Contributors will also receive one free copy of the printed journal. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
Creative Nonfiction. Theme issue: "Power." For this issue, we are seeking true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. We’re interested in everything from the murky world of politics to the power games we all occasionally play. Above all, we are seeking vivid narratives, sourced from true events, that demonstrate strong storytelling, voice, and grasp of detail. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, United States
Burningword Literary Journal. Your poetry submission may contain up to five (5) poems, may be submitted as one file, run fewer than 10 pages in length, and must be unpublished. Flash fiction (a.k.a. microfiction, short-short story, sudden fiction, etc.) and flash nonfiction submissions should aim for a word-count of 300-500 words or less per piece. You may submit up to two (2) pieces per issue. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Tint Journal. Tint showcases the original work of writers for whom English is a second or non-native language. Original creations of fiction and nonfiction will only be accepted by writers who have learned or acquired the English language after being fluent in another language. For creative prose submissions (fiction or nonfiction), please submit one piece (short story or essay) between 1,000 and 4,000 words. For flash (fiction or nonfiction) submissions, please submit one piece of 800 words or less. For poetry submissions, please submit one poem. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The London Magazine. We publish literary writing of the highest quality. We look for poetry and short fiction that startles and entertains us. Reviews, essays, memoir pieces and features should be erudite, lucid and incisive. We are obviously interested in writing that has a London focus, but not exclusively so, since London is a world city with international concerns. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines and no more than 6 poems should be submitted at once. Non-fiction pieces should be between 800 and 2,000 words. We will consider short stories of up to 4,000 words in length. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Britain
IDK Magazine. We’re seeking submissions of all kinds of poetry—lyrical, prose, narrative, meditative, formal, free verse, and anything in between. Poets may submit up to 5 poems per submission. We’re looking for all aesthetics, styles, and subjects, as long as the story adheres to the magazine’s mission. Fiction writers may submit one short story (up to 2,500 words) or up to three flash pieces (750 words or less) per submission. We’re open to many forms of CNF, from personal essays to lyric essays to literary journalism, though we prefer that more journalistic pieces be written through a personal lens. We’ll consider full-length pieces (one per submission, up to 2,500 words) or flash (up to 3 per submission at 750 words or less.) Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Puritan. Submissions received between Mar. 26 and June 25 are considered for the summer issue, published in late early Aug. With fiction, feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three. We’re also looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). You may also send up to four poems at a time. We are no longer accepting essays through our regular submission process, but we encourage interested writers to pitch us at [email protected] Pitches should be no more than 500 words, and contain a clear, succinct description of the proposed piece and a rationale for why it would be a good fit for The Puritan. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Bellevue Literary Review. The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. We seek character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Euphony Journal. There are no strict length or genre requirements, though you may wish to familiarize yourself with what we publish; besides our online content, our print issues are available as PDFs on our site. Nearly all of our writing comes from outside the University of Chicago community, by first-time and professional authors from around the country and the world—and everything in between. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Threepenny Review. We strongly recommend that you stay within our length limits. As a rule, critical articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less. (Exceptions are occasionally possible, but longer pieces will have a much harder time getting accepted.) We prefer to read prose submissions that are double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced or double-spaced. At present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Under the Radar. Submissions open June 1. Please submit no more than a maximum 2,500-3000 words of short fiction. Unpaid, Fiction, Britain
Grants and Fellowships Showing 3 of 6
Fish Factory Creative Centre Residency. The Creative Centre is located in Stöðvarfjörður, a remote village in the East Fjords of Iceland. The Residency is multi-disciplinary and open for most creative directions. The purpose of the program is to provide emerging and established artists from all creative fields a port for free expression and a place to meet with others alike in a small collaborative community. Each artist has their own private bedroom and shares other facilities with his/her housemates. The price for shared studio space is 85 000 ISK/Month and 95 000 ISK/month for a private studio. To be considered for the Residency, send us a filled out Application Form, CV, 5-10 recent work samples. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History . Recognizes an unpublished, literary work-in-progress of nonfiction that uses oral history in a significant way to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. Scholarly or academic writing is not eligible. The winner receives a $10,000 grant meant to help maintain or complete his or her ongoing project. Pays, Non-Fiction, United States
Headlands Artist in Residence. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media. Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program at the time requested residency would take place are eligible to apply. A full application includes the following: resume or CV, letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will affect your practice, names and email addresses of three personal or professional references, documentation of recent work, and the $45 processing fee. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States