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Contests Showing 11 of 24
Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest. The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published online by Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge, Mary Jo Bang. All submitters receive a complimentary copy of Boston Review's 2017 special literary supplement, edited by Junot Díaz. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize. A competition open to black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland who are 18 and above. The winner will receive £1,000, a one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate and publication of their story on the Guardian website. To enter, all you need to do is fill in the form below and upload your short story of up to 6,000 words in PDF format. Please place the title of your story at the beginning of the PDF, but do not include your name. Entrants must not at the time of entering or when the winner is chosen be represented by a literary agent or under a publishing contract. Pays, Fiction, Britain
American Short Fiction Halifax Ranch Prize. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and publication in an upcoming issue of American Short Fiction. International submissions in English are eligible. The entry fee covers one 6,500 word fiction submission. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
Salamander Fiction Prize. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. First Prize: $1,000 and publication. Second Prize: $500 and publication. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
The TSS Flash Fiction Competition. Word limit: 500. Prizes: Online Publication plus 1st £400, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Britain
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. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, 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
ELQ Fiction & Poetry Competitions. The Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition offers awards in two categories: $10,000 awarded for Best Story by an Emerging Writer and $5,000 for Best Story by a Writer at Any Career Point. You may submit literary and speculative fiction; all styles will be considered. A story’s length is not to exceed 30 pages (approximately 10,000 words), double-spaced. The Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition offers awards in two categories: $1,500 for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer and $1,500 for Best Suite by a Writer at Any Career Point. The total page length of the suite submission is not to exceed 24 pages. It is urged that your suite be complete work, not simply a gathering of unrelated poems. All forms of poetic expression will be considered. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Canada
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
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
The London Magazine Poetry Prize. All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. We have no criteria as to theme, form or style but are looking for diverse work which is not afraid to innovate and startle. This competition is open to international entries. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Britain
Publications Showing 11 of 24
Harvard Review. Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please submit no more than 5 poems or 7,000 words of prose. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Contrary. We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. 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. Can your story stay that finger to the end? 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
The Rumpus. We welcome essay submissions between 1500-4000 words in length. In addition to personal narrative-driven essays we are interested in non-traditional forms of nonfiction. Essays should explore issues and ideas with depth and breadth, illuminating a larger cultural context or human struggle. Regardless of topic, we are looking for well-crafted sentences, a clear voice, vivid scenes, dramatic arc, reflection, thematic build, and attention to the musicality of prose. Because the volume of submissions is so high and it takes time to read work carefully, it is generally not advisable to send time-sensitive work. Essays that deal with current events in ways that do not rely on timeliness are very welcome. Unpaid, Non-Fiction, United States
The Common. The Common publishes pieces of literature that embody particular times and places both real and imagined; from deserts to teeming ports; from Winnipeg to Beijing; from Earth to the Moon: literature and art powerful enough to reach from there to here. In short, we seek a modern sense of place. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes. Submit only one story or essay per reading period. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Slice. Theme issue: "Time." We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share, and we are particularly enthusiastic about championing emerging voices. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission. We offer contributors $250 for long stories and essays, $75 for flash fiction, and $75 for poems. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Chicago Review. While there are no strict length requirements, the poetry editors prefer to read at least three pages of work. Please include a cover letter. We will consider one short story of up to 5000 words, or up to five short-shorts submitted in one file. We will consider work in any literary style, but are typically less interested in traditional narrative approaches.International submissions and work in translation are particularly encouraged. Translators should secure permission to translate before submitting. Chicago Review publishes a variety of genres of nonfiction, both online and in print. We publish reviews of varying lengths: from notes (500–1000 words) to regular book reviews (1200–1800 words) to review essays (2000–5000 words). We publish a wide range of critical essays, but we do not typically consider memoir nonfiction. Submissions that demonstrate familiarity with the journal tend to receive more attention than those that appear to be part of a carpet-bombing campaign. 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. Submissions of fiction and poetry received between Mar. 26 and June 25 will be assessed and selected by two special editors as part of Guest Summer Editors Series. Summer 2018 will be edited by Naben Ruthnum (fiction) and Eduardo C. Corral (poetry). With regard to 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). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. 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
Ricepaper. Theme issue: Borders and Boundaries. Boundaries mark the limits of the possible, the spaces that keep people apart, the edges that can’t be crossed. Borders mark the maps of the world, the shapes of regions and cultures, the divides that can be challenged and bypassed. Ricepaper invites you to take us on a journey to explore boundaries and borders of all forms, whether the fluid and changing or the impermeable and permanent. Take us to the grey areas, the liminal spaces, and show us how you navigate the gaps and the in-betweens. We focus on showcasing creative writing by Asian Canadians and material containing diverse characters, stories and/or themes pertinent to the broad Asian Canadian population. That said, we are open to accepting submissions from Asian writers around the globe so long as we can see a link between the content and an aspect of the Asian Canadian experience. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Submit up to 6 poems on any subject of 60 lines or less, or a long poem up to 200 lines plus 2 shorter poems. We generally like to see a range of poems from a poet to help us choose the very best from that author. You can also submit short stories, or excerpts from novels on any subject or theme up to 5000 words long. It is probably best to keep your story around the 3000 word mark. However a story needs to be as long or as short as it needs to be. If it has to get to 5000 words, so be it, but not a word more. Essays may be up to 10,000 words long. All materials submitted must be in English Language. We encourage poems written in other languages as long as they are sent together with appropriate translations. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Britain
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
Grants and Fellowships Showing 3 of 5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Residency. Accommodations in a 3-bedroom, 3-bath house less than 30 miles away from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and close to our amazing green and black sand beaches. The artist in residence will be granted lodging, $2000 stipend, and a venue for at least one public presentation of a workshop, lecture, concert or other public engagements, as per proposal. If your work sample is literary attach a pdf of up to 20 pages, a descriptive proposed project summary (questions are provided in the submission form), a resume or CV, and a biography of 3,000 characters or less. Residency dates are September 4-28th, 2018. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Headlands Artist in Residence. Awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. 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, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture. 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
Bundanon Trust Residency. The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work. All applications will be assessed against the following weighted criteria: artistic standing of applicant and artistic merit of the proposal (60%) and benefit of the residency for the applicant's professional development, or for the successful realization of the proposed project (40%). There is a standard accommodation fee for Bundanon residencies of $50 per person per night, with a minimum stay of 7 nights. Bundanon does not offer stipends, living allowances or travel assistance. Catering is also residents' responsibility. A number of applicants each year may be offered fellowships, which means we will waive the accommodation fee. We will make this decision based on applicants' ranking in the selection process outlined above, and our available resources. Writers may submit 10 pages of written material; please choose carefully. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International