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Contests Showing 13 of 26
Writer's Advice Flash Fiction Contest. Please submit flash fiction running 750 words or less. Open our eyes. Help us see the world as your characters do. There is no formula for success, but a protagonist we care about, a distinctive voice, and a clear impact on the reader all matter. Setting helps. So does conflict and resolution. If the story feels squeezed at 750-words, don’t force it. There are plenty of journals where you can send your longer pieces. First Place earns $150; Second Place earns $75; Third Place earns $40; Honorable Mentions will also be listed. You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $14. Fees, Pays, Fiction, United States
Split/Lip Press Chapbook Contest: Nonfiction and Hybrid. We're interested in chapbooks that are a collection of stones, Indiana-Jones-and-the-Temple-of-Doom-style, which gain power through proximity--however, if you have a single, sustained long NF/hybrid piece, we'd love to see it! 30-50 pages range. Winner will receive a $100 honorarium, 25 free copies of their published chapbook, and all the benefits of publication with Split/Lip Press that our full-length authors receive, including the opportunity to read at an SLP off-site event at AWP2021. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, United States
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry . The annual Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry awards $2000 plus publication for a full-length poetry collection. The Prize is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. author, which includes foreign nationals living and writing in the U.S. and U.S. citizens living abroad. Entries must be at least 48 pages in length. Manuscripts may include poems that have appeared in journals, magazines, or chapbooks. Fees, Pays, 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. 2020 judge: Amanda Leduc Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Canada
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. We are honored to have Manuel Gonzales as our guest judge. Fees, Pays, Fiction, International, United States
2020 The Fiddlehead Creative Nonfiction Contest. $2000 CAD for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay. 6,000 words maximum. Entries must be original and unpublished. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. Our judge this year is Ariel Gordon! Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Canada
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. Fees, Pays, Poetry, United States
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by Black poets of African descent who have had no more than one full-length book of poetry published by a professional press (chapbooks and self-published works are excluded). Winner receives $1,000, publication by Northwestern University Press, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading in New York City. Manuscript must be paginated with a font size of 11 or 12 and 50-75 pages in length, inclusive of table of contents. Pays, Poetry, United States
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open to writers who haven’t yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre, and is committed to platforming new writers regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background. The winner in each category (Fiction, Life Writing, and Poetry) will win £1,000 and may also win a Chapter and Verse award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy (TLC), worth £2,000. Our stellar judging lineup for 2020 includes Simon Prosser (Fiction), Ada Edemariam (Life Writing), and Raymond Antrobus (Poetry), with Kadija Sesay as chair. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, International, Britain
The Black Fox Writing Contest 2020. Black Fox is accepting submissions for its fifth writing contest. The theme this year is “Scars.” Please submit your strongest fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and we will choose one winner that we feel interprets the theme best. The prize is $150 and publication in the Summer 2020 issue. All submissions are considered for publication in the Summer 2020 issue. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
New American Fiction Prize. Winner receives a publication contract, including $1,500 and 25 author's copies. All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, as well as full-length collections of flash fiction and short-shorts. Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length. This year's final judge is NICK WHITE. Fees, Pays, Fiction, United States
Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award. This award will be given to the best previously unpublished original poem written in English (of any length, in any style, typed, double spaced on one side only), which best relates gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender life by a poet who is 18 or older. The winner will receive $500.00 (USD), and the poem, along with information about the poet, will be published on the website of Gival Press. In addition, Gival Press hopes to publish an anthology of the winners of this award along with the best poems submitted to the contest over a period of several years. Fees, Pays, Poetry, United States
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book, as well as distribution with our other spring titles through our partner UPNE (University Press of New England). Manuscripts must be typed and paginated, 50 to 80 pages in length (single spaced). Translations and self-published books are not eligible. Fees, Pays, Poetry, United States
Grants and Fellowships Showing 3 of 9
Logan Nonfiction Program Fall 2020. We welcome between 10-20 nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators per class. Fellows are provided lodging, meals, workspace, professional guidance and community. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that examine the most pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to: conflict and security; democracy and governance; education; environment and climate change; food security; gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and intersectionality; globalization; health; inequality and exclusion; media and journalism; social justice; and sustainability and resilience. Accepted fellows do not need to pay tuition or residency fees, but do need to fund their travel to the area. Fees, Non-Fiction, United States
Wyoming Arts Council Fellowships. The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications for fellowships in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Creative Writing. Fellowships are open to Wyoming residents, and are merit-based awards. All fellowship recipients will receive a $3,000 unrestricted award as well as an opportunity to showcase their work in the state. The Creative Writing Fellowships are awards of merit, based on a writer’s body of work, and honoring Wyoming’s literary artists whose work demonstrates exceptional writing. One fellowship will be awarded in each category of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of up to three fellowships. Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees. You may submit up to 25 pages of writing, typed, double-spaced using a 12-point standard font. Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
2021 Berton House Writers' Retreat. Residents will receive a $9,000 honorarium, part of which may be covered by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Research and Creation grant program. (Successful Berton House applicants are required to apply to the Research and Creation program before receiving an honorarium from the Writers’ Trust.) Housing and travel costs are covered by the Writers’ Trust. For Canadian residents only. Must have published at least one book with a professional publishing house and established themselves in any literary creative discipline (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young readers, playwriting). Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Canada
Publications Showing 14 of 29
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. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, United States
Minerva Rising. Our 20th issue will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. We’re looking for short stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry about the valiant women who won the right to vote as well as those who continue to fight for justice and equality for all. We welcome work that examines how women are dealing with the current political climate, and the way in which women’s lives and choices impact our history. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
Litro's Africa 2050. By 2050, one in every four humans will be African. Africa’s identity has too often been dictated by people who wanted to exploit and manipulate the continent and its people for their own gain. But, all over the world Africans and people of African descent are claiming and creating a future permeated with African notions of identity, home, culture, and community. The Future is African issue will feature stories that portend and celebrate the African future. We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. Given the focus of this issue, we are especially open to travel memoir and travel-related fiction in this instance. We do not accept poetry. Max 4,000 words. Unpaid, Non-Fiction, Fiction, International, Britain
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, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, International, United States
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. For all submitters, we aren’t as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form “compression” takes in each artist’s work will be up to each individual. Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 3% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract. Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism. Creative nonfiction: Works should not exceed 1,500 words. We will also consider Flash Nonfiction pieces. Multiple submissions should not exceed 1,500 word count and should be submitted in one document. Poetry: 3-5 poems. Scholarly articles: 5,000-8,000 words. Fees, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
midnight & indigo Speculative Fiction/Horror Issue. We are looking for previously unpublished, character-driven, speculative short stories written by Black women writers. Stories must meet our minimum 1,400 word count requirement. Please include the word count at the top of your submission. We offer $75 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) and $50 for Short Stories accepted for publication on midnightandindigo.com. Pays, Fiction, United States
The Rumpus ENOUGH series. We welcome essay submissions between 1500-4000 words in length. Reading period begins May 1. ENOUGH is a Rumpus original series devoted to creating a dedicated space for essays, poetry, fiction, comics, and artwork by women and non-binary people that engage with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Unpaid, Non-Fiction, United States
Overland. Overland has a proud history of publishing dissenting articles and gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets. For poets, no more than 3 poems per quarter. Rates: Fiction: $500; essays: $500; poetry: $150. For online articles: $120. Pays, Fees, Fiction, International
Split Lip Magazine Memoir Submissions. Please double or at least 1.5 your line spacing and use a serif font. We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. The shorter, the better though we take up to 2000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere. We pay (via PayPal) $50 per author for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, and $25 for interviews/reviews for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Fees, Pays, Non-Fiction, United States
Serendipity Summer 2020 Print Issue. From the Black Lesbian Literary Collective. We are particularly interested in work that grapples with the intersections of race, gender, disability, and sexuality in our current socio-political climate. LGBTQ BIPOC are strongly encouraged to submit. Please do not submit if you do not identify as BIPOC. We accept prose submissions under 5,000 words and no more than three (3) poems, in either .doc or .docx format. Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States
Masters Review New Voices. Our New Voices category is open year round to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. We accept a variety of genres and styles; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Submissions to New Voices are always free, but if you’re interested in editorial feedback or a faster response time, add-on options are available. Pays, Non-Fiction, Fiction, United States
Under the Radar. Submissions open June 1. Please submit no more than a maximum 2,500-3000 words of short fiction. We especially welcome submissions of new work by writers from diverse backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented in literature and publishing, and actively encourage women, writers of colour, LGBTQ+, Disabled, D/deaf, and low-income writers to consider sending us their work. Unpaid, Fiction, Britain
Sundog Lit. We believe there is beauty in scars on smooth skin, in the small fissures where things begin to break apart. Sundogs are not the sun itself but phantom stars appearing on the horizon, illusions produced by the play of the sun’s heat with crystals of ice. Submit short stories of no more than 3,000 words or up to 3 flash fictions of less than 750 words each in a single document. Submit a single piece of no more than 4,000 words or up to 3 flash essays of less than 1,000 words each in a single document. . Submit up to 3 poems in a single document. Unpaid, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, United States