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Contests Showing 11 of 31
Slippery Elm Prize. $500 prizes in Poetry & Prose. Please submit one original, previously unpublished essay or story per entry of up to 5000 words here. In the poetry category, submit up to three original, previously unpublished poems per entry here, as a single document. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. The Malahat Review invites entries for its biennial Long Poem Prize, for which two awards of $CAN 1000 each are given. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world. Each entry must be a single poem or cycle of poems that will occupy between 10 and 20 printed pages when published in The Malahat Review. Poems published in the magazine occupy no more than 36 lines per printed page. In a cycle of poems, each poem must begin on a new page, even if the preceding poem ends before the 36th line is reached. There are no restrictions on subject matter or aesthetic approach. Collaborative long poems by two or more authors are eligible. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Canada
First Pages Prize. Designed to support emerging, non-agented writers, this unique literary prize rewards the best entries by assessing the first five pages of their fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript (max. 1,250 words). Entries must be unpublished, original, written in English, and by a writer who is currently unagented. The writer may be previously published or self-published. This year’s prize package includes: $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place. The winner and runner-up will also receive a travel stipend to come to Stockholm to attend the Stockholm Writers Festival. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
The Humber Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest. First prize includes payment of $750 and publication in The Humber Literary Review. Original previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). Literary journalism, memoir, the personal or lyric essay—all are welcome. The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, Canada
The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. The richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. Six shortlisted authors will receive £1,000 and have their stories published by Audible. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Entries must be of 6,000 words or less, must be written in English, and must be either unpublished or, for the 2019 award, not published before January 1, 2018. The author must have a track record of published creative writing in the UK or Ireland. Pays, Fiction, Britain
Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. The writing contest whose name is almost as long as the entries! Send us a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image. If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons. The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Antioch MFA Fellowship Prize. Offers an emerging poet (someone without an MFA in creative writing) the opportunity to experience one of Antioch University's residencies. The Fellow will learn about Antioch’s low-residency MFA Program and MFA programs in general, experience 10 days of intense learning and immersion that occur during a residency, and receive mentorship and community opportunities. The trip will be made at virtually no cost to the winner—the fellowship will cover travel expenses and lodging, plus a $1000 cash prize to help with any other costs. 2nd and 3rd place will receive publication and $300, $200 respectively. Only USA poets are eligible to enter. Applications should include a cover letter which explains why you would benefit from the fellowship and up to FOUR unpublished poems. There is no line limit. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
Yeats Poetry Prize. Please submit unpublished poems in English up to 60 lines on any subject and style. Each poem will be judged separately and read anonymously. First prize will receive $1000 First Prize and second prize will receive a $500. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. This contest is for poems written in response to an existing occasion, personal or public, or poems that make an occasion of something ordinary or uncelebrated by virtue of the poet’s attention. We are interested in light verse and in verse more sober, in the whole spectrum of tones and occasions. One $1000 top prize will be awarded for one work of occasional verse (no word limit). An additional $1000 will be distributed as the judges fancy. Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident). Pays, Fees, Poetry, Canada
Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award. The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) with a table of contents. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
CBC Nonfiction Prize . Submit original, unpublished works of nonfiction between 1200 and 1800 words.  All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to submit. The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books. You can submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles between 1200 and 1800 words. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, Canada
Publications Showing 10 of 31
Landlocked. We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Finally, we are especially drawn to nonfiction pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Prole. We are open to all forms of poetry whether it be structured or free, rhymed or blank, light or serious; we consider content and quality over form. We prefer to see a small collection of up to five poems. If you wish to submit longer poems, please limit yourself to a maximum of three pieces. Short story and creative non-fiction submissions are welcome. We are open to most themes, although we do not accept fan fiction. There is an upper word limit of 7500 words. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Britain
Washington Square Review. Poetry submissions should not exceed ten pages/five poems. Fiction  submissions should not exceed twenty pages. Please submit one story per submission. Please also submit both the original and the translation whenever possible if you choose the translation option. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, United States
The Suburban Review. Theme issue: "Luck." The start of the year is an auspicious time—of new beginnings, of changes, turns, of potential. But when will your luck change? Bring us stories of massive moments, near misses, one-in-a-million chances. If it’s your first time submitting, well you’ve got beginner’s luck on your side and this issue is for you! Rub a rabbit’s foot and get writing. Send us fiction and creative nonfiction up to 2500 words in length or up to 3 poems. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
Island Magazine. Please submit fiction pieces of no more than 5000 words. We tend not to publish flash fiction or microfiction. Nonfiction submissions should be no longer than 3,500 words. Poetry submissions may include multiple poems, but if you would like to submit more than one poem, please submit in a single document. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
Oroboro. Please submit 5-6 poems and / or 10 pages. We look at excerpts from long poems, too. Fiction should be 1,000 words or less. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, United States
Gigantic Sequins . Please submit 3-5 previously unpublished poems, one long (up to ~3500 words) short story/novel excerpt or up to 3 short (~1000 words each) pieces of flash fiction/micro fiction, or one long (up to ~4000 words) essay/ memoir excerpt or up to 3 short (~1000 words each) pieces of flash non-fiction/micro non-fiction for our consideration. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Echolocation. Theme issue: "Transit." Whether you’re writing about liminality and transition, travel and borders, or even taking it literally and sending us a poem about public transit, all submissions are welcome. The max length for prose submissions is 3000 words, with a two submission maximum. Echolocation will accept up to five separate poems per poet or up to ten pages of poetry. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Ninth Letter. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, up to 8,000 words. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The New Quarterly. We publish Canadian writers & writing, which means that you, the writer, must either be a Canadian citizen (living home or abroad), or a landed immigrant living in Canada. We will accept one piece per author, per genre, per calendar year. That is a grand total of one piece of fiction or nonfiction, up to three poems, and three postscripts. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Grants and Fellowships Showing 4 of 8
Blue Mountain Centre Residency. Residencies are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines. Each session is four weeks long. There is no cost. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable. The following information will be requested through our online application system: basic personal and contact info, availability, and session preferences, a brief bio that includes professional achievements (1 - 2 pages), a brief statement of your proposed plan for work at BMC (1 - 2 pages) and a $25 application processing fee (payable by credit card or PayPal). Writers must submit up to 10 pages of work. Please note that cell phones are prohibited at Blue Mountain Center and there is no wifi. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. Offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book of fiction or creative non-fiction. Application requirements: letter of application, curriculum vita, a prose sample of no more than 20 pages, and three letters of recommendation. To be eligible, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, reside in the United States, and not be enrolled as a student in a college or university. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000. Pays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Banff Centre Writing Studio. This program is designed to offer the freedom of unstructured time for each individual participant’s needs and desired outcomes. The residency also offers the opportunity to work with our esteemed faculty mentors over five weeks. It also features a weekly reading series, as well as one-on-one sessions with a voice and relaxation instructor to help you develop your public reading skills. Early and mid-stage career writers of fiction (or other narrative prose) and poetry who are seeking a period of dedicated time to develop a book-length manuscript, with the guidance of an experienced mentor should apply. Full cost (including a regular meal plan, room, and gym access) is $5 651.30 but 50% financial assistance is offered. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Rabbit Island Residency. Rabbit Island is 91 acres of forest and sandstone located in Lake Superior. The residency programs provide time and space to investigate and challenge creative practices in a wilderness environment. Artists live and work on the island for 2-4 weeks, engaging directly with the landscape, responding to notions of conservation, ecology, and sustainability via their research and cultural practices. Approximately 3 to 4 supported residencies are awarded per summer period. Selected applicants will receive an unrestricted honorarium which they may use to facilitate research, cover travel expenses, and materials. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States