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Contests Showing 13 of 31
The Caledonia Novel Award. Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults. Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length. Open to unpublished or self-published novelists only. Shortlisted novels will be announced on 24 January 2020, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2020 and awarded £1,500 Pays, Fees, Fiction, International
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money. Pays, Fiction, International
CV2 Young Buck Poetry Prize. CV2 magazine has created a new annual poetry contest exclusively for writers under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK Poetry Prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Two honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize. Open to Canadian and international poets. Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Canada
The Briar Cliff Review Annual Contests. First-place winners will receive $1,000 in each of the three categories and will be published in the next edition of The Briar Cliff Review. Submit up to 3 poems, one short story of up to 5000 words or one essay of up to 5000 words per entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Malahat Review Open Season Awards. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world and prizes total $CAN 6000. Send up to three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem is 100 lines or one story or piece of nonfiction 2500 words or fewer. No work already published (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication), already accepted for publication, already or simultaneously submitted elsewhere is eligible for consideration. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Cutthroat Journal Contests. Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style. First Prize in each genre: $1200 and publication; Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication; Honorable Mention: Publication. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Nightboat Poetry Prize. Any poet writing in English. Previous book publication is not a consideration for eligibility. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible. Manuscript should be  48 to 90 pages in length. The winning poet receives a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 25 free copies of the published book. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Nightboat Books immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
The Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest . We’re interested in reading collections short stories, flash fiction, essays, lyric essays, and any other forms of short prose you can think of. The winning manuscript will be  awarded $2000 and published by Pleiades Press. The Short Prose Contest is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication. Submit a manuscript of 60 or more pages and please indicate whether this is a work of fiction or nonfiction. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Carve Prose & Poetry Contest. The Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest seeks the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from writers all over the world. A guest judge in each genre selects one winner to be awarded a $1000 cash prize. 10,000 maximum word count for fiction and nonfiction; 2,000 maximum for poetry. No limit to number of entries, but each submission requires an entry fee. No genre works (romance, horror, sci-fi, etc.); literary prose and poetry only. Story, essay, or poem must be previously unpublished (including online). Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Narrative 30 Below Contest. Open to all writers, poets, and artists between eighteen and thirty years old. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today. Submit works of prose and poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. This prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career. For original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length. The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s first print issue for 2020. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online. Pays, Fees, Fiction, International
Baltimore Review Contests. The theme for the winter contest is Rituals. Rituals, rites, routines, ceremonies, habits, patterns of behavior. Religious, mating, workplace, home life, every aspect of life. Rituals that are ingrained in us. Rituals of other cultures. Practices that make you feel accepted or excluded, comfortable or uncomfortable. Make a ritual part of your poem, story, or CNF. 5,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction (may submit 2 or 3 flash fiction or flash CNF pieces). We're strict about word limits for contest submissions, and work that is well under that 5,000-word limit often suits us just fine. One to three poems in an entry. Good idea to send us three if you can. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Prairie Fire Annual Contests. Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. One fiction entry consists of one story, maximum 10,000 words, one poetry entry consists of 1, 2, or 3 poems, maximum 150 lines and one creative non-fiction entry consists of one article, maximum 5,000 words. For translations, please confirm that translation rights are available. 1st prize $1,250; 2nd prize $500; 3rd prize $250. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Publications Showing 12 of 26
Ambit. If you decide your work is right for us then send us up to 5 poems in one Word document. Ambit is put together entirely from unsolicited, previously unpublished poetry and short fiction submissions. When we say unpublished we mean completely original, never been on your blog, never been on a website and certainly never been in print. We do not accept simultaneous submissions, and please only send one submission per submission window. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Britain
Foglifter. Foglifter is a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent LGBTQ+ writing today. It’s a space where queer writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: 3 to 5 poems, up to 7500 words of prose (up to three flash fiction pieces), and up to 20 pages of cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, or drama. Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which they appear and a $25 honorarium (via PayPal). Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Steelhouse Review. While we do not adhere to thematic requirements and welcome a wide variety of style, form, and genre, we ask that submitted work be original, thought-provoking, and tasteful. For fiction & nonfiction, entries must be 5000 words or less. For poetry, you may submit 1-3 poems, totalling seven pages or less. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Reed Magazine. Submit creative nonfiction, e.g. personal essays or narratives, of up to 5000 words in length. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. Poets are welcome to submit up to five poems per submission. Fiction entries should be no longer than 5,000 words. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Ninth Letter. Theme issue: "Borderlessness." Are borders real or imagined? Do they keep us in or keep us out? Are they just lines on a map or unscalable walls? Real or not, borders impact, separate, and join what lies on either side. Show us your work that erases those lines, that tunnels under walls, that sees the joined world from a bird’s eye perspective where there are no edges. You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Cordite Poetry Review. Theme issue: "Earth." We're looking for a poetry of feeling that understands how emotion is one of our brain’s ways of moving us to attend to things that are important. Get your hands dirty. We’ve had Martian poetry; now let’s write an Earthling poetry for the Anthropocene. Submit poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete) or works of micro-fiction (500 words maximum). Please place up to three (3) poems in one (1) Word or RTF document (unless specifically noted otherwise for special issues), with no identifying details in the document itself. Unpaid, Poetry, International
One Story. One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. We're looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in print outside of North America, it will be considered. Stories previously published online—on blogs, personal websites, online literary magazines, or forums—will not be accepted. We do consider translations. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission. Pays, Fiction, United States
Fourth Genre. Fourth Genre is a literary journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in creative nonfiction. We are thirsty for essays that give us something to drink besides mainstream ideologies and forms, that showcase imagination and meaning-making capacities, that embrace a love of a sentence’s shape. That center the margin or marginalize the center, or even better, that blow up the center-margin borders. Authors selected for publication are paid with two (2) complimentary copies of the journal. 8,000 word limit for general submissions. Please be sure your name does not appear on the manuscript, either on the front page or in the headers or footers. Fees, Unpaid, Non-Fiction, United States
Flock. We are eager to read your short prose, flash prose, excerpts, and any other form you wish to send our way. We don't currently have a strict cap on the number of pages, but it is uncommon for us to accept work that is over 20 (double-spaced) pages. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems, and/or prose poems in one file. No book-length poems. We are eager to receive your poetry of all and varied forms and styles. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Fiddlehead. The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. A short fiction submission should be one story, double spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a story is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one story per submission. A poetry submission may be single-spaced. Please submit no more than 6 poems per submission. Creative nonfiction (CNF) is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a CNF work is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one work per submission.Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Crannóg. Crannóg’s mission is to publish the work of Irish writers alongside the best available worldwide and to show how well such writing sits with the best available internationally. Submissions open Nov. 1. Send no more than three poems. Each poem should be under 50 lines. Send one story. Story should be under 2000 words. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, International
Freefall. Submissions from outside Canada are not accepted. Prose should not exceed 4000 words. For fiction, please submit short stories & novel excerpts, non-fiction, writing related or general audience topics, creative non-fiction, plays, and postcard stories. Payment is $10.00 per page in the magazine, to a maximum of $100.00 and one copy of issue that your piece is published in. Payment is made upon publication. You may also submit 2-5 poems, any style. Length of any individual poem cannot exceed 6 pages. Payment is $25.00 per poem and one copy of issue that your piece is published in. Payment is made upon publication. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Grants and Fellowships Showing 3 of 9
Black Mountain Institute Shearing Fellowship. The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute invites applications for residential fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year. Visiting fellows will join a community of creative writers and scholars in a thriving literary scene in Las Vegas and on the campus of UNLV. This fellowship is for emerging and distinguished writers who have at least one book published by a trade or literary press. It includes a semester-long letter of appointment, a stipend of $20,000 paid over a four-month period, eligibility for health coverage, office space in the BMI offices on the campus of UNLV, and free housing (fellows cover some utilities). BMI's visiting fellows will maintain a regular in-office presence, around 10 hours a week, along with 10 hours of service to the community (there are no formal teaching requirements—this is a working fellowship.) Visiting fellows are expected to engage in a substantial way with BMI’s community, in a way custom-scoped based on their skills and personal interest. To apply, please submit one- to two-page cover letter, which includes 1) Who you are, 2) Why you want to be a part of the Las Vegas lit community, 3) What you will be working on in terms of writing projects AND what you would like to do for your “service” hours. You must also submit a writing sample (10 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt.) and résumé or CV. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Elsewhere Studios Residency. Residencies beginning in the months of May to August, 2020 (multi-month residencies can extend beyond these months). The Residency Program provides space and time for artists. Elsewhere consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces. Situated in downtown Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops. We aspire to keeping this experience accessible to all artists, therefore, we have set subsidized residency fees between $600 and $850 (depending on space). Please include the email address of a referee, 10 to 20 page writing sample, a CV and artist statement. There is a $30 submission fee. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Gracia Residency. Deadline for two-week residencies in Summer 2020. Dates available: 24 May - 6 June, 8-21 June, 6-19 July and 21 July - 3 August. Gracia hosts residents in a private home located in the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala. The program is focused on your creative practice and all the ways it can manifest. Residents work independently on proposed project or research. Gracia provides residents with general orientation to Guatemala, research assistance and guidance towards project development and local resources. Residencies include: housing with amenities and wifi, assistance with research development, local introductions and navigation of the area, access to a private workspace in the residency house (fully furnished outdoor pergola with roof), access to kitchen and pantry with basic cooking items, tea & coffee, and transportation to the residency house from Guatemala City airport upon arrival and departure. Collaborators are strongly encouraged and welcome to apply together. Applying is free. 2 week residency costs $560 (program + housing) / $460 per person for two collaborators (program + shared housing). Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International