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Contests Showing 12 of 29
Robin Blaser Poetry Contest. “A political poem has to be a polis. And it means that you’re going to have to include within the political poem the notion of polis so that you let men, women…all kinds of people, let them have their lives within it.” These words were spoken by Robin Blaser in a 2006 interview. Blaser also famously penned a series of poems called “The Truth Is Laughter.” In this year’s contest, we are looking for poems that consider and question the idea of a polis and the idea that laughter is a form of truth. Submit a maximum of 6 pages per entry. The winning entry receives an award of $1000, plus publication in an upcoming issue of TCR. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Canada
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest. We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer. First prize: $1,000, second prize: $500, and third prize: $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Aragi, Inc.; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. We welcome multiple entries ($30/story), simultaneous submissions, and entrants from outside the United States. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize of $5000 per genre. Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
London Short Story Prize. The London Short Story Prize is Spread the Word’s annual prize for talented London short story writers. The Prize’s aim is to find the best short stories from writers in the capital. The winner will receive £1000 and their short story will be published in Open Pen London. Two highly commended writers will each receive £250. Entries must be unpublished and under 5000 words. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Britain
Event Magazine Nonfiction Contest. Our annual Non-Fiction Contest winners feature in every winter issue since 1989, and many have gone on to greatness. $3,000 in prizes ($1,500 First Place, $1,000 Second Place, $500 Third Place) plus publication in EVENT. 5,000 word limit on entries. Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, been accepted for publication elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions and do not identify yourself on the entry. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, Canada
The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Submit up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online, and not under consideration elsewhere. PRISM international is offering free entries for self-identifying Indigenous writers. Indigenous writers are invited to submit by emailing [email protected] by the deadline. We also have a number of free entries to offer to low-income writers, and we encourage writers for whom the contest entry fee is prohibitive to contact us to arrange contest entry. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Canada
The Calvino Prize. The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. They will be awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. Please note that these prizes are meant to encourage experimental writing, in the mode of Calvino, and are not meant to encourage merely imitative work. First Place receives $2000 and publication, while second Place receives $300. Submit up to 25 industry standard (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Work previously published is eligible and simultaneous submissions are accepted. An excerpt from a larger work is allowed; however, remember that the selection will be judged on its own merit and so should be able to stand on its own. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
Troubadour Poetry Prize. Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines. First prize: £2,000. Second prize £1,000. Third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the Arvon centre of your choice. Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Britain
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize. The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize 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. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. 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 with a table of contents. There is no mandatory page count. We suggest in the area of 20 to 36 pages, but all manuscripts will be read and considered. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
The Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose. “Googie: Post-modern architecture influenced by jets, robots, The Space and The Atomic Age. These buildings capture the motions of atoms, orbitals, and parabolas in glass, neon, and steel and aimed to replicate future speculation in real time.” Each entry may comprise one submission of fiction or hybrid prose no more than 5,000. If you are submitting prose poetry, you may submit three pieces in each submission. We will keep a running ticker on our website, so our readers and submitters can track the growth of the sum pot; we hope that it will be exciting to watch the number grow as we accrue more submissions, and that the extent of the prize money will remain a surprise until our reading period closes. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Into the Void Fiction Prize. Win $1,000 for your best short story of up to 5,000 words in the Into the Void Fiction Prize! There are also prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. Prizes include publication. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Canada
The Tamaqua Essay Collection Award. Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of essays. Previous publication of individual essays is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published essays, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the publication rights have reverted to you, as author. This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English. We accept simultaneous submissions, and ask only that you notify us immediately if your book has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, United States
Publications Showing 12 of 27
The Lindenwood Review. Submissions are welcome from both emerging and established writers. Our journal features literary prose: Fiction (short fiction and flash fiction), Creative Nonfiction (personal essays, lyric essays, and flash nonfiction), and Prose Poems (block format). We are looking for fiction with believable characters and a vivid story; creative nonfiction that is well-crafted and fiercely honest; prose poems with a distinctive atmosphere and interesting use of language; and mostly, work that moves us as readers and inspires us as writers. Do not submit poetry with stanzas/line breaks; only prose poems. Writers may submit one piece per category each year. Maximum length for each submission is 15 pages. Minimum length is one paragraph. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Witness. Theme issue: "Magic." We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain, innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. One active submission in each genre is allowed. Limit fiction and nonfiction submissions to 8,000 words maximum. Please limit your submission to five poems. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Inverted Syntax. We seek to publish unorthodox approaches to form and aesthetics. We love work that is non genre, those that straddle multiple categories. For fiction, submit one short story, flash piece, chapter excerpt at a time. Maximum 3500 words, one piece of memoir, essay, hybrid, lyric, or flash at a time. We are not interested in scholarly articles. Please submit 6-8 poems per submission. There aren't length restrictions for poems published in our online journal, however for our print journal, we prefer poems no longer than 50 lines. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Litro. Theme issue: Technology. From the first stone tools to the industrial revolution to the digital revolution, technology has changed everything, changed the world more than once… We’re never without a device in our hands, never not plugged in. From phones to drones, computers to biotech to the corruption of the internet and the theft of our data, we want stories and essays about technology, in all its forms, and what it’s doing to us and our planet. Max. word length: 4,000 words. We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. Unpaid, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Britain
Camas. Theme issue: "Decay." Autumn and winter evoke slowness—the shuttering of windows, the drowsy descent into hibernation, our own personal introspection as the seasons filled with life come to their end. We celebrate this marked difference in eerie late October through our trudging to the solstice at the end of December. In a sense, decay guides us through this darkness. Decay is a natural and necessary process for the continued cycle of life, but it can also be jarringly unpleasant to experience or witness. For this issue, we are seeking submissions that explore the contradictions and strange revelations hidden in the many forms decay takes in our world. We accept one fiction or nonfiction piece per writer per submission period of 5000 words or less or up to five poems per submission period per writer. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Gateway Review. The Gateway Review publishes surrealist, fabulist, and magic realist fiction and poetry, as well as nonfiction about the art of writing the same. Please only submit one short story of no more than 4,000 words and no less than 1,000 words. We do not accept flash fiction submissions. Submit only one poem of no more than 40 lines. We prefer narrative surrealist poetry–poetry that tells a clear story while being attentive to language, rhythm, pace, and sound. In fact, we will not consider any poems that do not fit, in some way, into the magic realist tradition. We do not publish rhyming poetry. We also invite essays on magic realism (of two sorts: craft essays and essays on why magic realism is important to you as a writer). These essays should not exceed 1,000 words. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Rattle Poetry. Theme issue: "The Students of Kim Addonizio." This is the first in a new series of issues tracing poetic lineages, and the issue will include a conversation with Kim. Submitted poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by Kim's former or current students. Please explain when you studied with her and how it affected your writing in your contributor note. Please submit up to four previously unpublished poems (or pages of short poems). Pays, Poetry, United States
Gasher. Please submit up to 4 poems (maximum 8 pages), 6 pieces of art, 500-3,000 words of fiction or CNF (no more than 4 stories totalling 3,000 words. Each piece must have a minimum of 500 words). Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Lunch Ticket. Please send no more than ten pages of poetry, prose from 751 up to 5,000 words, or 750 words and under if submitted to the Flash Prose category. We accept multilingual submissions in all genres. We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Room Magazine. Room publishes original work by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations. To avoid a flood of material by a single submitter or overly frequent submissions, please send only one submission in one category—poetry (up to 5 poems), fiction, or creative non-fiction—per quarter. Fiction and creative non-fiction should be no longer than 3500 words. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
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. Pays, Non-Fiction, United States
New Writing Scotland. We publish works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited: autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted. We have a maximum recommended length of 3,500 words in total. Please send no more than four poems, and no more than one prose work. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
Grants and Fellowships Showing 4 of 8
Millay Colony for the Arts Residency. For April-July residencies. Offering 2-week to one month terms. The core of our program is the one-month residency. However, in order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, we now offer two two-week sessions in June and September. Both options include private bedrooms/studios, and all meals. No fees, aside from the submission fees ($40 for early and $60 for late entries), are charged for these residencies. Applications must include an artist statement, work sample, biographical statement and preferred residency dates. Some stipends are available. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Tin House Winter Workshops Scholarship. These weekend workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops with no more than six writers per class, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and/or generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for conversations by the fire and coastal revelry. We will be awarding one full scholarship for each of our 2020 sessions. A full scholarship includes both tuition and housing + a $75 food stipend. All scholarship recipients will need to provide for their transportation to and from Portland. For scholarship applicants, we also ask for a 500-1500 word essay describing what you are currently working on, how you hope an experience at our conference will benefit your writing and any other personal information you feel like we should know about you. Think of this as nothing more than an introduction to who you are and where you’re coming from as a writer. We also offer a Single Parent Scholarship. This award, funded by a private donor, is intended to help support single parents who have at least one child under the age of 18 living at home, and who might otherwise find it challenging to devote time, space, and resources to writing. In addition to covering the full cost of tuition and room/board, the recipient of this award will also receive a $500 stipend for childcare. Please submit a 500-1500 word essay describing how being a single parent influences and challenges your writing, how you hope an experience at our conference will benefit your work, and any other personal information you feel like we should know about you. For short fiction/novel/nonfiction, we ask for one unpublished writing sample of 5,000 words or less. For poetry, we ask for four unpublished poems, totaling no more than ten pages. Applications open on Sept. 9th! Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Camargo Core Program Residency. The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment in Cassis, France to think, create, and connect. By encouraging groundbreaking research and experimentation, it supports the visionary work of artists, scholars and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to foster connections between research and creation. It welcomes applications from all countries and nationalities. Our Core Program consists of fellowship residencies of six to eleven weeks. Please check the available dates before applying. A stipend of 250 USD per week is available, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis for the Fellow for the residency. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked far in advance is covered. Applications must include the following: a proposal narrative, your rationale for wanting to work specifically at Camargo, rationale about why a residency is appropriate at this specific stage of the proposal and/or career, a current C.V, a work sample of up to 20 pages, and two references. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
OAC Literary Creation Projects Grant. The program supports Ontario-based literary artists to complete new works for book-length publication. You must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario and have a recent professional publishing history with: at least one traditionally published book (minimum of 48 pages) for which you have a publishing contract and receive royalties; or at least three traditionally published short stories, comics, poems or other works for which you have received payment, or a professional self-publishing practice, demonstrated by either sales of more than 400 copies of a self-published work of prose or 200 copies of a self-published work of poetry within the 24 months prior to your first application to this program. Student or academic publications, including scholarly monographs and articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, may not be used to establish eligibility. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada