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Contests Showing 12 of 38
The White Review Short Story Prize. An annual short story competition for emerging writers. The  prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Also offering 50 free entries to writers on low-incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read the additional low-income entry guidelines. The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasize that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing. Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 7,000 words maximum. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Britain
Sonora Review Contests. Each year, three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are awarded to a short story, an essay, and a poem or group of poems. The theme of this year’s contest is “The Future.” You may submit up to 6,000 words of fiction, an essay of up to 5,000 words, or four to eight pages of poetry. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies of the published book.  Manuscripts should be 50 to 100 pages of poetry. The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. The title page should contain the title only.  Poets writing in English are eligible.  Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction. Two honourable mentions will each receive $2,500. Each finalist will win a mentorship opportunity and a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony on May 28, 2018. To be eligible, a writer must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 35 as March 5, 2018, previously published in an independently edited literary magazine, journal, or anthology and unpublished in book form and without a book contract. Candidates should submit 5-10 pages (up to 2,500 words) of unpublished short fiction.  Pays, Fiction, Canada
Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize . The winning entry will receive $1000 (US) and be published on Joyland. Two runner-up stories will also be published. One entry per author and the story must be a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 1900 and 6000 words in length. This prize is open to any author writing in the English language, no matter their country of residence.  Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 60 lines. All stories must have a title and must not exceed 2000 words (excluding title). Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Britain
Paper Darts Short Fiction Award. All entries must be previously unpublished and 1,200 words or less. Pays, Fees, Fiction, United States
Phoebe Contests . Poetry submissions should include 3 to 5 poems, totalling no more than 10 pages, and fiction and nonfiction entries should include 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words max. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. One $1000 top prize will be awarded for one personal essay (no word limit). We are interested in essays in which the writer’s personal engagement with the subject provides the frame or through-line. Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident). Entrant’s name must not appear in the essay. Pays, Fees, Non-Fiction, Canada
Narrative Winter 2018 Story Contest. Open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world. Pays, Fees, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
CSU Poetry Center First Book Poetry Competition. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. Manuscripts are eligible for the First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of their poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies. Translations are not eligible. Pays, Fees, Poetry, United States
Cutbank Chapbook Contest. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book. Two runners-up will be chosen for publication as well. The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. Manuscripts should be 25-40 typed pages in length of poetry (a cohesive poetry manuscript), fiction (either a short fiction collection or novella), or creative nonfiction (one long essay or a collection of short essays). We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres, in a fresh, powerful manuscript. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Publications Showing 12 of 34
CopperNickel . Please submit four to six poems, one story, or one essay at a time. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Berkeley Poetry Review. Seeks language-based and/or experimental writing and translations. We are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, and poetic form itself. Submit no more than 5 previously unpublished poems. Unpaid, Poetry, United States
Iota. In the next issue, IOTA will explore mind, body and medicine through art, literature and culture. Send us your take on this – short stories, poems, life writing, memoir, travel writing, food writing and more. These forms can be combined, played with, deconstructed and all can be completely fictive - we only ask that your writing is bold and original. To quote Emily Dickinson, "tell us all the truth, but tell it slant." Fiction/non-fiction submissions may range between 500 and 2000 words. We will consider submissions of up to four poems also. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Britain
Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight. Our poetry section aims to represent the best LGBT voices in poetry today. We’re open to high quality work of any style and subject to be featured on our site each week—poems need not have queer content, but we ask that all submitting authors self-identity as queer. Please submit up to 5 poems (not exceeding 10 pages). Pays, Poetry, United States
Michigan Quarterly Review. Theme issue: “Caregiving.” We particularly encourage submissions from writers and artists who are themselves active caregivers. Prose submissions: 5,000 words maximum. Poetry submissions: 8 pages maximum. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Indiana Review. IR publishes about 6-10 stories, 40-60 pages of poetry, 2-4 nonfiction pieces per issue, as well as occasional art inserts and special folios. We look for poems, stories, and nonfiction that are well-crafted and lively, have an intelligent sense of form and language, assume a degree of risk, and have consequence beyond the world of their speakers or narrators. We consider prose of up to 8,000 words in length and 3-6 poems per submission. We welcome translated work across genres. Please ensure you have the proper rights to the work prior to submitting. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Ricepaper. Theme issue: "Found in translation." Translation may be found everywhere we look, but it is paradoxically rarely seen. The many complex ways of translation continually shape our understanding of the world. From world maps, to philosophical treatises to holy scripts, translation since the beginning of language has offered pathways to how culture spread, stories told and sometimes, even misunderstood.  We want to explore the stories behind the themes of translation.  Subjects can include stories of language and translation, identity transformation on navigating geographical and linguistic boundaries, tracing culture being uprooted/putting down new roots, having new adventures in different countries, inter-generational negotiation and reconciliation, etc. Asian writers of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit non-fiction articles, stories, poems, and profiles relatable to Asian Canadians, many of whom are global citizens with ties to other parts of the world. Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
Notre Dame Review. Excellence is our sole criteria for selection, although we are especially interested in fiction and poetry that take on big issues. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, United States
Tin House. Submissions open in March. Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Pays, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Witness. Theme issue: “Disarm.” Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.  Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
The Hudson Review. Prose manuscripts should be under 10,000 words. Pays, Non-Fiction, United States
The Fiddlehead. For our creative nonfiction issue. Tell us your true stories, bring us your belles lettres! Announcing the first ever creative nonfiction issue. Creative nonfiction 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. Accompanying images may be considered, but permissions for the images are responsibility of the author and must be arranged beforehand. Pays, Non-Fiction, Canada
Grants and Fellowships Showing 4 of 13
Historic Joy Kogawa House Residency. While in residence, the writer should work on a full-length writing project while engaging with the community via a program of writing-focused activities. The aims of the residency are to foster greater appreciation for Canadian writing within the Metro Vancouver community, offer members of the community an opportunity to interact with the writer in residence, provide space, time, and resources for a Canadian author to write. To be eligible you must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, have at least two professionally published titles (including but not limited to literary fiction or nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting, or a hybrid form of writing), experience in professional teaching and/or other forms of public presentation related to creative writing and be currently working on a full-length writing project that will be the main focus of your proposed residency. Residencies typically run for three months, at a time convenient to the writer. Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Canada
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. This program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. It operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. You may submit only one application for FY 2019 funding. You may not apply for both a Literature Fellowship under this deadline and a Translation Project under the December 5, 2017 deadline. You are eligible to apply if, between January 1, 2011, and March 7, 2018, you have had published a volume of 48 or more pages of poetry or Twenty or more different poems or pages of poetry in five or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications. Your submitted manuscript sample must be a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 10 typescript, pages of poetry. Pays, Poetry, United States
Caldera Artists in Residence. Every winter from January through March, creative individuals are awarded the gift of time and space at our beautiful Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for 3.5 week residencies. Residencies are open to US-based and international artists in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children. Residents are provided a private cabin with sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and a porch overlooking Link Creek or with a view of Blue Lake. Wireless internet is available in all cabins. Caldera does not charge residency fees, but we do ask applicants to pay a small application fee ($35 for individuals and $75 for collaborations). Fees, Unpaid, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States
Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Voices of Color Fellowship. These fellowships were created to promote voices from a wide array of cultural backgrounds, and to help counter the inequities faced by writers of color. Application for these fellowships is open to all writers of color, ages 18 and older. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Two First Prize recipients (one in poetry and one in fiction) will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging. Two Second Prize recipients (one in each genre) will receive $500 credit toward the cost of tuition. Poetry: Submit your best poem (1-3 pages) and a letter of interest. Prose: Submit your best short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction piece (up to 3000 words) and a letter of interest. Pays, Fees, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, United States