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Contests Showing 12 of 27
Bayou Magazine Contests . Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of fiction, no longer than 7500 words. For poetry, you may enter up to three poems per entry. Contest winners will receive $1,000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine. Finalists will be named on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, United States
Mississippi Review Prize. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners and finalists will make up next summer's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction and nonfiction entries should be 1000-8000 words; poetry entries should be three to five poems totalling ten pages or less. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
New Delta Review Chapbook Contest. For this contest, we're looking for bright, inventive, challenging, and mind-bending manuscripts of unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid work. We’re particularly interested in works that push against traditional understandings of literature and art, of their capacities. Manuscripts should be 20-40 pages in length. Grand prize is $250, publication and 25 author copies. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Disquiet Prize. Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages and countries. For fiction, submit ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry. For non-fiction submit ONE piece, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry. For poetry, submit no more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total. Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2019 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Discovery Poetry Contest. The contest is open to poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection. Poets who have published chapbooks of less than 42 pages and in prints of less than 500 are eligible. Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English. Submissions must be no longer than ten pages, typed. At least two of the poems must be a page or shorter. Poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished as of May 2019. Four winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a two-night residency at the ACE Hotel, and $500 each. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
Magma Poetry Competition. Open for entries in both categories: The Judge’s Prize – poems of 11 to 50 lines and The Editors’ Prize – poems of up to 10 lines. One poem per entry. First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Britain
ABR Calibre Essay Prize. Founded in 2007 and now worth a total of AU$7,500 the Calibre Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new non-fiction essay. Essays must range from 2,000 to 5,000 words and be written in English. We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize: $2,500. Essays must not have been previously published or on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Calibre Prize. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, International
The Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. Max word count: 6,000. Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online. 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. $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Canada
The Breakwater Fiction Contest. Each winter we seek submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words. First prize receives $1000 and publication in our Winter issue. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
EVENT "Let Your Hair Down" Speculative Writing Contest. In our "Let Down Your Hair" Speculative Writing Contest, the only limit (other than the 1,800-word limit) is your wicked imagination. Any genre. $1,000 Grand Prize. $32.95 entry fee includes a one-year subscription. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Retreat West First Chapter Competition. Submit the first chapter of your novel only. Any entries that have included prologues, more than one chapter and/or a synopsis will be disqualified and fees will not be returned. First chapters must be written in English and can be up to 3,500 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction). The novel should be unpublished and not have been accepted by a publisher. First prize is submission package review and feedback from Sarah Manning from The Bent Agency. Second prize is submission package review and feedback from Amanda Saint, publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books. Fees, Unpaid, Fiction, Britain
The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Submissions open January 1st. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. We define a “published book of fiction” as a novel, novella or short story collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. Fees, Unpaid, Fiction, United States
Publications Showing 12 of 27
Bellevue Literary Review. Theme issue: "The Good Life." A good life is what every human and every society strives to achieve. On the surface the elements of a good life seem obvious—health, security, contentment, meaning. But easy truisms mask the complexity of these goals. If health is such a prominent component, then how is a good life achieved in the face of illness? Does living a good life make one a good person? What do we make of people who achieve a good life using less-than-good means? Who defines what qualifies as “meaning?" Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction or nonfiction or up to 3 poems. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
storySouth. storySouth is interested in all types of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by writers from the new south. The exact definition of “new south” varies from person to person—if you can make a case for why you consider yourself part of the new south, then submit your work. Works submitted don’t have to be set within the south. A writer who was raised in the south but now lives elsewhere has as valid a view of the south as someone who just moved to Alabama. Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay. There are no word limits on submissions. Long pieces are encouraged. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Sand. We look for work that is fresh, well written, accessible, and diverse, as we take pride in producing a beautiful journal that can be enjoyed by a wide audience. We look for three things in a submission: surprise (not in terms of twist endings, but in terms of surprising voices, observations, textures, and also surprising choices in where stories start and stop), confidence (a cohesive, effective style, conscious stylistic/linguistic/narrative decisions), and truth (characters and settings that not only feel true to life, but also true to themselves; not necessarily likeable, or even realistic, but alive and singular). Please send no more than five poems or 5 pages of poetry, or 5,000 words of short fiction or nonfiction. We accept literary nonfiction – personal essays, travel essays, profiles, creative reportage, etc. In other words, we are not seeking to publish hard criticism and analysis, or pieces that take a distinctly academic approach. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, International
The Stinging Fly. We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. We have a particular interest in promoting the short story. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside our Featured Poets and Comhchealg sections, commissioned essays, occasional author interviews and novel extracts. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation. No more than one story and/or poetry submission should be submitted during any one submission period. For general poetry submissions, send up to 4 poems. Submissions open Dec. 3rd. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, International
Carousel . Submit 3-7 poems per submission period. We are interested in all forms of poetry including traditional, formal, experimental and concrete; please note, however, that it is our position that poems written in free rhythm should not merely be prose chopped into shorter lines. Submit 1 story (under 3000 words) per submission period. In general, we are not interested in works that adhere to strict genre categories (sci-fi, fantasy, or horror); we do not publish plays or scripts; we normally do not publish sections of novels (though we very occasionally break this rule). Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Canada
Overland. Theme issue: The future of sex. We are looking for stories that engage with what our changing sexualities look like, both now and in the future. We think of sex as primordial and innate, but it is both the target of market strategies and highly mediated. The inventions of virtual reality, sexbots and realdolls have broad implications. Dick pics, sexting, Tinder and Grindr have revolutionised the hook-up and, by extension, our sexual moralities. We don’t need your narratives to be dystopian, or futuristic, however. Any stories that deal with unexplored aspects of how we approach sexuality now are of interest. Contributors for this edition will be paid $150 per story. Pays, Fiction, United States
Outlook Springs. Send us stories we can’t put down. Our emphasis is literary fiction but we aren’t biased against genre. Send poems that ooze with sonic pleasure and stagger from line-to-line with an animated corpse’s lingering bravado. As for nonfiction, send us your travel narratives, your lyrical essays, your personal essays, and everything in between. If it’s real, if it’s interesting, if it’s well-written and gives us a new and exciting way to see the world (or – even better—inside your head), then we’ll publish it. In short: send us your best work. We can't wait to read it! Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Ploughshares. Submit 1-5 pages of poetry at a time or less than 6,000 words of fiction/nonfiction. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We encourage you to include a short cover letter with your submission. It should reference major publications and awards, any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor, and past publication in Ploughshares. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Room Magazine. Theme issue: "Sports." From tales of team triumph and heartbreak to the draw (and drawbacks) of a culture of competition, we invite you to submit your best poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art about sports culture and athletics. Send us your best stories about women and non-binary athletes, sports fandom, alternative sports (e.g. theatre sports, e-sports—surprise us!), and how sports culture can intersect with violence and toxic masculinity. We also encourage submissions that are critical of sports culture, such as how athletics and fan cultures privilege certain bodies over others. We accept work on any theme. by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. For fiction and creative non-fiction send works of up to 3500 words. For poetry send up to five poems. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Springhouse. Submissions open on January 1. We accept simultaneous submissions if notified immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere. We request that unsolicited submissions be submitted separately by genre and follow the following guidelines: poetry (up to 3 poems); fiction (7,500 words or less); essays or creative nonfiction (7,500 words or less). Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Arc Poetry. Arc invites sub­mis­sions from poets at all stages of their writing careers. We accept unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form. Submissions received from October 1 to January 31 will be read for the Summer issue. Submissions must not exceed 3 poems or 360 lines. Pays, Poetry, Canada
Proximity Magazine. Theme issue: "Walking." More details to come soon on what to submit, but in general submissions must be previously unpublished and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), or flash (500 words maximum). Please send only true stories. By "true," we mean stuff that actually happened. We expect our authors to submit work that is as factually accurate as possible and fact-checked as needed; we expect our authors to tell evocative, powerful stories, within the bounds of what actually happened. Unpaid, Non-Fiction, United States
Grants and Fellowships Showing 5 of 12
Steinbeck Fellow Program. Offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at San Jose State University. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University's creative writing program.The fellowships afford a stipend of $15,000. Residency in the San José area is required during the academic year (approximately 1 September - 20 May). Currently, SJSU offers one-year fellowships in Steinbeck scholarship and in creative writing, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Application Requirements: a proposal or prospectus for work to be written (one to three pages including basic timeline), resumé, three letters of recommendation (sent directly from recommender - the online system will prompt you for their email addresses), and a writing sample (no more than twenty-five pages). Pays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program. MASS MoCA invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 week to 8 weeks in length. This application is for residency sessions from April 3, 2019 - October 8, 2019. The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants are offered both merit- and need-based financial aid. Each resident will receive a private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen, and bath) in newly renovated apartments directly across the street from the museum, one communal meal per day and free access to the museum’s galleries. We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines whose practice allows them to work quietly.
 All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need. For writing submissions, please attach a sample of 10 pages or less. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
MacDowell Residency. The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. The fellowship/residency consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees (though there is a $30 processing fee). Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Submit a writing sample in the same genre in which you are applying. Work-in-progress is strongly recommended. Writing samples must be in English. Fiction and nonfiction writers should submit 15 pages minimum, 25 pages maximum. Poets should submit 6-10 poems in ONE PDF document. Total sample should not exceed 15 pages. Only translators who are translating work into English are eligible to apply. Following the guidelines above, upload an excerpt of the work in its original language along with the English translation. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Banff International Literary Translation Centre. offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work in a trilingual environment with consulting translators and peers, resulting in a mutually beneficial learning experience. Participants will work individually and as a group with a faculty of accomplished translators of French, English, and Spanish. Participants will also have an opportunity to consult with the author whose work they are translating. BILTC welcomes applications from translators at various career stages including student, emerging, and professional translators. Eligible projects include translations of works of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature, oral tradition, and drama. We especially welcome projects involving Indigenous languages of the Americas. The full cost of the program, including lodging and a regular meal plan, is $3 362.58, but 100% of financial assistance is available upon application. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Undocupoets Fellowship. The Undocupoets Fellowship, in partnership with Amazon Literary Partnership and the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private foundation, will grant TWO $500 fellowships, with no strings attached, to undocumented or previously undocumented poets in the United States to help defray the cost of poetry-related fees. At least one of the two fellowships awarded will be given to an LGBTQ Undocumented poet. Please submit up to 10 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page, per individual. In addition, please include a cover letter with a bio and brief description of your current work or manuscript-in-progress. Pays, Poetry, United States