WOW! Women On Writing Q2 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

21 December 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

How to enter: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

21 December 2020

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Maria Rogers with The Tobias Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

How to enter: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


Short Memoir Prize

21 December 2020

Short Memoir Prize 2021

Closing on 31 January 2021

Ten memoirs will be selected for publication in the Fish Anthology 2021.

Judge: Blake Morrison 

Word Limit: 4,000

Closes: 31 Jan 2021

Results: 1 April 2021

Anthology Published: July ’21

Entry Fee: €18 (US$20) (€10 subsequent entries)

Prizes:
The ten winning memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021.   

1st: €1,000

2nd: Online Writing Course + €200

3rd: €200 

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ANNOUNCING THE MAIN STREET WOOSTER SHORT STORY CONTEST

2 December 2020

This contest was designed to encourage people to safely explore historic Downtown Wooster, OHIO – USA, get inspired, and get creative. Here are the rules:

Contest Guidelines:

To qualify, stories must:

  • Be written in English
  • Be less than 5000 words
  • Be appropriate for readers ages 13+
  • Take place in Downtown Wooster for at least half of the word count
  • Have some factual basis (examples include historical fiction, realistic fiction, and creative non-fiction).

Submission Deadline: February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Prizes:

    • First Place: $300, publication of story in the Daily Record, and audio version of story produced by WQKT.
    • Second Place: $150
    • Third Place: $50
    • Top ten stories will be published in an anthology which will be offered for sale, proceeds to benefit Organizer’s non-profit mission. Each of the authors included in the anthology will be provided one paperback copy, free of charge.

For more information, please see the Contest Rules.*

Special thanks to our sponsors:

The Kelly Brunn Passion Fund for the cash prizes

MCTV for paperback publication of the anthology

Daily Record for publication of the first prize winner

WQKT for production of an audio book of the first prize winner

*Rules subject to change without notice

Visit the website: https://sites.google.com/mainstreetwooster.org/short-story-contest/home

MAIN STREET WOOSTER CONTEST RULES

Contest Organizer:

This Short Story Competition (“Contest”) is presented by Main Street Wooster, Inc., a

501(c)(3) non-profit organization (“Organizer”).

Submission Deadline:

February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Prizes:

First Place: $300, publication of Entry in the Daily Record, and audio version of Entry produced by WQKT.

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $50

Top ten Entries will be published in an anthology which will be offered for sale, proceeds to benefit Organizer’s non-profit mission. Each of the Authors included in the anthology will be provided one free paperback copy.

No other consideration will be given for Entries. Organizer may solicit sponsorships, and any funds raised in excess of the Contest expenses may be used in the normal course of Organizer’s business.

Contest Guidelines:

To qualify, Entries must:

  • Be a standalone short story
  • Be written in English
  • Be less than 5,000 words
  • Be appropriate for readers ages 13+, decided at the discretion of the Organization
  • Take place in downtown Wooster for at least half of the word count
  • Have some factual basis (examples include historical fiction, realistic fiction, and creative non-fiction).
  • Draw attention to life in Wooster or Wooster as a setting, with the understanding that the goal of the Contest is to showcase Wooster, OH. Preference will be given to those stories that can seamlessly weave facts and details about Wooster into the overall narrative, whether those details be contemporary or historical.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Separate Title Page:
  • Top right must contain:
  • Author’s Name,
  • Author’s Email
  • Author’s Phone Number
  • Word Count
  • Genre of the Entry
  • Title must be centered
  • Underneath the title, a short paragraph summarizing which parts are factual.
  • Font = 12 point Times New Roman
  • Double-Spaced
  • Left-Justified

Submission of Stories:

There are no fees to submit stories to the Contest. By submitting a story, Authors consent and agree to all Contest rules, terms, and eligibility requirements. The Organizers are not responsible for any Entries which are not received prior to the Deadline. Entries must be emailed to Shannon@MainStreetWooster.org with the subject line “Short Story Contest Entry.” Entries may be submitted by one of two methods:

  • Preferred Method: Attach the Entry as (1) a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), or (2) another editable text document format usable by the majority of commercial word processors. Multiple Entries may be submitted per email with this method.
  • Alternate Method: Paste your entire story, including title page, in the body of your email. Only one story per email may be submitted with this method.

Repeat Entries:

There is no limit on the number of stories an Author may submit for the Contest (each an “Entry”).

Author Requirements:

The Contest is open to all legal U.S. residents who are (1) 18 years of age or older or (2) those under 18 who have the express consent of a parent or guardian (“Author”). Parents of minors must agree to sign any required releases which may be necessary.

The Entry Must Not Violate Any Laws:

Author must be the creator of the Entry and own all rights to the Entry and its contents. The Entry must not violate any laws, including but not limited to copyright, plagiarism, defamation, libel, the right of publicity or right to privacy. Entries may not feature characters, locations, terms, or any other content protected by another’s copyright, trademark, or intellectual property rights. Upon submitting an Entry to the Contest, Author represents that the Author created the Entry and has the sole rights to use it and to grant the Organization a license to use it. Authors are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials and will indemnify and hold the Organizers harmless from any and all claims of the same which may be asserted by third parties, including but not limited to the Organizers’ reasonable attorney’s fees incurred. The Organizers reserve the right to request proof that an Entry is an Author’s original content.

Non-exclusive Permissions:

By entering this Contest, the Author grants the Organization a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, and perpetual license to use the Entry in whole or in part for any and all purposes related to the normal course of business of the Organizer or related to the commercial use of the Entry.

Previously Unpublished Entries Only

Contest is only open to Entries that have not been previously commercially published.

Simultaneous Submissions

Contest is open to simultaneous submissions of Entries sent to publishers, journals, or other contests at the same time as they are under consideration for this Contest. Authors must send written notice to the Organization in the event that a simultaneously submitted Entry is accepted for publication in any way that may impede the rights of the Organization to the Entry.

Editing:

Organizer reserves the right to edit the winning Entries prior to any form of publication.

Main Street Wooster, Inc., 377 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691

Main Street Wooster works to make our historic downtown a vibrant place to dine, shop, live and play.

Visit the website: https://sites.google.com/mainstreetwooster.org/short-story-contest/home


The Lumiere Review Writing Contest

2 December 2020

The Lumiere Review is excited to announce our first ever Writing Contest! We accept both poems and prose from all writers. That said, we particularly encourage emerging writers, as well as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, or disabled, to submit to our contest.

We seek submissions that have electrifying and inventive narratives, honest and visceral language, and a distinguished sense of craft.

Details

Submissions are accepted from December 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021, 11:59 EST. All submissions are also considered for publication in ISSUE 04. We accept entries from previous contributors and submitters.

We will choose one winner each for POETRY and PROSE. They will each receive a $100* prize and publication in our upcoming issue. We will also be shortlisting a few finalists in each category whose works will also be considered for publication.

Our staff editors will select a longlist of poetry and prose to send to our contest judges, who will select the winners and finalists. Read more about our judges (Yanyi, Cathy Linh Che, and Elle Nash) and the work they are looking for. We will notify winners and finalists by early March.

The contest is free for all and you may submit one prose piece or up to 3 poems as a single attachment. You may submit once in each category.

*Prize money may increase from $100.

Submissions

All contest submissions should be sent to writingcontest.lumiere@gmail.com with the subject line “Contest Submission – Genre”. Submissions without this subject line will not be considered for the contest. We are open to general submissions as well.

Cover letters are encouraged but not necessary, but we do require a 3rd person biography in the body of the email. Prose or a group of 3 poems should be attached in the email as a single Word or PDF document. Each poem should not be longer than 2 pages and prose should not exceed 2,000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Do let us know if an unpublished piece has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published work as long as you have the rights to them (and that you provide us with details on which publication to credit).

Do NOT include any identifying information on the document, including name, contact information, biographies, etc. Any submissions with such information will be disqualified.

Visit the website for details: https://lumierereview.com/contest


Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

2 December 2020

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story
Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a
platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the
English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories
submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500
words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.
It is not a requirement but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy
before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish.
Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.
The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a
future issue of Anthology.
The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to Anthology Magazine
Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per poem

Terms and Conditions
 To enter, submit an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of
‘Memories’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.
Entry fee: €10 per story if entered by midnight on 30 April 2021, or €15 per story if entered
by midnight on 31 July 2021.
 
 There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. 
 There is no age limit.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Saturday 31 July 2021 at midnight. 
 Submissions will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability.
 Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
 Copyright remains with the author but Anthology Magazine reserves the right to be the first
to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the stories to further
publicise this award is also retained.
 Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the rules and conditions.
 Anthology Magazine reserves the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen
circumstances.

How to enter, visit: https://anthology-magazine.com/short-story/


CRAFT CREATIVE NONFICTION AWARD

23 November 2020

2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award
November 1 to December 31, 2020

Judged by Joy Castro


Welcome to our inaugural award for unpublished creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words!

Joy Castro will select three winning pieces for publication
Each will be awarded $1,000 & a complete set of Graywolf Press’s The Art Of series.

GUIDELINES:

  • Open November 1 to December 31
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only! (please no academic work or fiction)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows ONE creative nonfiction piece from 1,001 to 6,000 words OR up to TWO flash creative nonfiction pieces of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two flash pieces (2,000 words maximum combined/1,000 words maximum each), please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each entry should be accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next summer that includes: the winning pieces with Joy Castro’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; the editors’ choice winners; excerpts from finalist pieces; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not require anonymous submissions
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)

Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.


AWARDS

The writers of the three winning essays will receive:

  • $1,000 each
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series
  • Publication in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Joy Castro
  • Publication of an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the piece

The $600 editors’ choice round:

  • Publication and a cash prize to a piece or pieces we just can’t let go
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series

How to enter: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-cnf-award/?utm_source=WinningWriters&utm_medium=DirectEmail&utm_campaign=CNFAward2020

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Her work has appeared in venues including PloughsharesSenses of Cinema, BrevityFourth GenreNorth American Review, SalonAfro-Hispanic ReviewGulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology Family Trouble, and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.


Graywolf Press is a nonprofit literary publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and work in translation.

Their mission:

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.

We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.

How to enter: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-cnf-award/?utm_source=WinningWriters&utm_medium=DirectEmail&utm_campaign=CNFAward2020


5 days left to enter Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

26 October 2020

Closing date: 31 October 2020
Judge: Roger Elkin, author of Marking Time and Sheer Poetry

Enter your poem or suite of poems in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition closing on 31st October 2020. This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Visual poems are welcome as long as the image fits into one page. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £250.00 (first), £100.00 (second), £50.00 (third), £30 x 3 (high commendation), £15.00 x 3 (commendation) and 3 x SLQ paperback (special mentions). 

Entry Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10)

Enter online now at https://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

or download an Entry Form for postal entry here


F(r)iction Contests: Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry

5 October 2020

F(r)iction’s Fall 2020 Contests are now open!

Deadline: October 30, 2020
Results: Announced March 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Lev Grossman, Benjamin Woodard, and Rachel Mennies
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry

Categories Accepted

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We won’t reject a submission flat out for not following guidelines, but we will frown the whole time we’re reading.

What We Look For in Submissions

Our editors have drafted up this fantastic page on our website to share what we look for in our creative submissions. We strongly recommend you read this and check out the examples before submitting to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. 

We also highly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop

Our Submission Guidelines

The winner will be announced publicly on March 8, 2021. All participants will be notified about the contest results through their Submittable account. Judges’ decisions are final. 

We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome speculative writing and experimental literature. Strange is good. Strange with a strong character arc is even better. Keep it weird, folks.

Writers over the age of thirteen are welcome to submit. Please note that if your work is selected for publication, we will require a signature from a parent or a guardian.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these guidelines and choose your submission category carefully. 

Staff members are not eligible for participation.    

We read all submissions anonymously. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from both the submitted manuscript and the file name as well.

Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. It’s not that we don’t want to, but there’s only so many volunteer staffers on our team.

We accept, and encourage, simultaneous submissions and only ask that you withdraw your piece(s) using Submittable upon acceptance elsewhere. 

We edit every piece accepted for publication, including all our contest winners whether you work is selected for publication through our online blog or in our print magazine. For this collaborative process we will pair you with one of our Senior Editors. All our editors have been trained to help guide the development of each piece to reach its fullest potential in keeping with the author’s vision. This does not mean we will take on a wild jumble of words and half-formed musings. But it does mean that we value your work and want to help each piece to be as unforgettable as possible.

NOTES: 

F(r)iction (and its parent nonprofit organization, Brink Literacy Project) reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in podcasts and marketing materials.

F(r)iction reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has rarely come to pass in our six year publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

For full Submission Guidelinesplease read the information on our Submittable page carefully. And please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

An insider tip for you all: We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We like strong narratives that make us feel something and stories we haven’t seen before. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions.

We also strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to our contests to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop.

How to enter: https://frictionlit.org/contests/

Visit the website: https://frictionlit.org/


WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

16 September 2020

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Kristina Pérez with Zeno Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

Visit the website:
https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


WOW! Women On Writing Q1 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

16 September 2020

WOW! Women On Writing Q1 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

Visit the website:

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


THE ANZALDUA POETRY PRIZE 2020

25 August 2020

Deadline September 15, 2020.

First place is publication, $1,000 prize, and 25 contributor copies.

Three finalists will be announced, and all previously unpublished work

will be considered for publication as a general submission to the journal.

Submit 15 to 30 pages of poetry.

Please include no more than one poem per page.

$15 ENTRY FEE.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://newfound.org/poetry-prize/

 


2020 BOOKSIE POET LAUREATE PRIZE

25 August 2020

Deadline November 7, 2020. The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. Grand prize winner (Booksie Gold Poet Laureate) – $1,000, gold winner badge, writing featured across the site, $20 in books chosen by winner from the Booksie Bookstore, and two runners-up (Booksie Silver Poet Laureates). Runner-up $150, silver winner badge, writing featured across the site, $20 in books chosen by winner from the Booksie Bookstore. $7.95 ENTRY FEE.

How to enter, visit: https://www.booksie.com/contest/the-booksie-2020-poetry-contest-20


THE POETRY KIT EKPHRASTIC POETRY COMPETITION 2020

25 August 2020

Our competition is for poems based on a painting (this can be broadly interpreted). There are no style or length restrictions, but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.
1st prize is £75  –   2nd prize is £50  –  3rd prize is £25
ENTER ONLINE
Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
all entries must be received before midnight THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2020
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows.
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00  -5 poems  £10.00
For more information see https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm


Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

25 August 2020

Welcome to the 18th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.

Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Prizes:

  • TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre
  • MARGARET REID PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $200 each (any style)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

Length limit: 250 lines maximum per poem. No restriction on age of author. Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Read the winning entries from the 17th contest. The results of the 18th contest will be announced on April 15, 2021. Fee: $15 per poem.

Click “Here” for details on How to Enter


Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2020 – is now accepting entries!

2 July 2020

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2020

All contest winners will be published October 18, 2020

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One


2020 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Speculative Poetry Contest

2 July 2020

Deadline August 31, 2020

Contest Rules: The SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind; friends/family/students of the judge may not enter. Winners will be announced and posted on the site October 1, 2020.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $150 First Prize, $75 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Judge: Neil Aitken
Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize. His poetry chapbook Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016) won the Elgin Award. Individual poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Radar Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, podcast host of The Lit Fantastic, and co-director of De-Canon: A Visibility Project, He also hosts Fantastic Descriptions, a YouTube channel that explores narrative storytelling and description in roleplaying games. He currently lives in Canada where he continues to work as a creative writing coach and manuscript editor. neil-aitken.com

Contest Chair: John Reinhart
John Reinhart is an arsonist and jungle gym. He writes in the time-slices between presents, twisting bloody words onto dead trees. He feels sorry about the trees. Check out more of his work and consider committing your soul in monthly installments to support his work at patreon.com/johnreinhart

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form: https://bit.ly/2020SFPA
  • Deadline is August 31, 2020
  • Entries will be read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on the file or filename; enter your name only in the form. The name of the file should be the name of the poem. .rtf preferred. Either submit poems individually via form or send all in one file, separated by ***, with “SFPA Contest” in the subject line to 20contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer via PayPal at sfpatreasurer@gmail.com.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Enter as many poems as you like, but an entry fee of $3 per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry (credit card can be used without a PayPal account). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • No PayPal, or problems with form? Send poems via e-mail to 20contest@sfpoetry.com
    Put “SFPA contest” in subject line, .rtf preferred, and send a check payable to SFPA to

    SFPA
    PO Box 1563
    Alameda, CA 94501

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website.


The Miami University Press Novella Prize 2021

5 April 2020

Deadline: August 31, 2020

The Miami University Novella Prize is awarded annually to a novella-length manuscript of original fiction (18,000–40,000 words). The winner receives $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of the book.

Announcement

We announce the prize winner on this website as well as Facebook and @MiamiUPress. We also send emails with the news to all entrants. All entrants are eligible to receive a copy of the winning book. Request a thank-you novella.

Guidelines

Reading Fee: A $25 reading fee entitles each entrant to a copy of the winning novella.

Length: 
18,000-40,000 words. Unfortunately, shorter or longer manuscripts will be disqualified without refund.

Format Requirements: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, use a standard 12 pt. font, and include page numbers. Please be sure your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Submission
: All entries and fee payment must be submitted through Submittable.

Eligibility: 
Previously published works are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere. Previous Novella Prize winners are ineligible. Previous finalists may enter again. Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University are not eligible to enter. By submitting your work and the online form you certify that you are not in any way affiliated with Miami University.

Miami University Press adheres to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics:
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/


The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

4 April 2020

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2020

prize: $1000 and publication in our Spring issue​

fee: $10

“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Poems should be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if a submission is accepted elsewhere.

2020 FINALIST JUDGE: Oliver Baez Bendorf is a poet. He is the author of two collections, Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center 2019), which Gabrielle Calvocoressi called “an essential book for our time and for all time,” and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U. 2015), selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His poems can be found in recent and forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, Poetry, BOMB, and New England Review, and were anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Oliver was born and raised in Iowa and he is currently an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Bendorf holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Poetry and MA in Library & Information from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of the CantoMundo Poetry Workshop, recipient of the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, and was a faculty member at the 2019 Conference on Poetry at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. He has been a featured reader at the New Orleans Poetry Festival, The White House, Sarah Lawrence College, Indiana University, and Woodland Pattern. His work on #PulseOrlandoSyllabus was covered by Chronicle of Higher Education, Elle, and WLRN Miami.

​DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2020

Winner and Finalists Published in our Spring Issue.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://www.breakwaterreview.com/contests

Note: Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Oliver Baez Bendorf.


The Writers’ Workshop: POETRY & HUMOR CONTESTS

4 April 2020
27th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST   
Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2020.
Open to any writer regardless of residence.
Awards:
1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 8 poems line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 5 poems line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Guidelines:
Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at www.twwoa.org.
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.
Visit the website: https://www.twwoa.org/              
 
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NEW CONTEST!!
 
HUMOR ME WRITING CONTEST  
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by May 31, 2020
 
Awards:
1ST Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited
3rd Place: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
10 Honorable Mentions
 
Guidelines:
Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less.
Use of clever, dry humor is encouraged.
Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to writersw@gmail.com, with “Humor Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org, or by mailing a check. No SASE is required – comments will be emailed.
Visit the website: https://www.twwoa.org/

POETRY MARKETS

4 April 2020

AURORAS & BLOSSOMS POETRY JOURNAL

Accepts submissions year-round.  Accepts
any topic or theme if it’s positive or
uplifting in nature.  No erotica or politics.
Family-friendly magazine.  No dirty words.
Simple messages and language.  Accepts
submissions from teenagers.  Send poetry
and content that takes teenagers into
consideration.  See the website for more
details or work wanted.  Can submit one
poem for free.  Submission fees for
submitting more than one poem.
Also accepts inspirational stories or essays
relating to poetry, poems or poets.
Submit up to 6 poems.  May submit every
3 months.  See website for more specifics
on submissions.  Responds in 10-15
business days.  Contributors receive free
digital copy of the magazine.  See
website for details on Sim Subs.  Will
accept previously published works if you
hold the rights and it’s been more than a
year after the rights have reverted back to
you before you submit it.

How to submit: https://abpoetryjournal.com/submissions/

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GREAT APE

Write something funny to submit.
Likes all kinds of funny things.
See website for specific details on
work wanted.  Accepts poetry and
prose.  Poems can be in any form,
format or length.  Indicate your
name and the name of your poem
in your submission email.  Submit
work as a pdf or .docx file via
email.  Reads year-round.  Asks
for one-time print and digital rights
to contributed work. Authors retain
rights.  Only accepts unpublished
works.

How to submit: https://great-ape.com/submissions/

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CLEAVER MAGAZINE

Reads year-round.  Responds in a
few days to several months.  Charges
$5 submission fee.  Sometimes, the fee
is lifted for a free submission period.
Do not email submissions unless
requested to do so by an editor.  Does
not accept mailed submissions.  Does
accept sim subs with immediate
notification if work is accepted elsewhere.
Previously published work is generally not
accepted but will occasionally consider
work shared on personal blogs/websites
or work previously published in a limited
print-only edition.  Include name and
full contact information with each
submission.  Include brief bio.  See
website for specific submission
details.  Responds in 2-12 months for
poetry.  All rights revert to author upon
publication.

How to submit: https://cleavermagazine.submittable.com/submit


The 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020

The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope, will award $3,000 for the best story and $3,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on the Winning Writers home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30.

Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest), and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is recommended by Reedsy.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $8,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from most countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

How to enter: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest


The Writer: Spring 2020 – Short Story Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: June 2, 2020

Submit your very best fictional short story in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words.

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one.

PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING OR YOUR WORK MAY BE DISQUALIFIED.

Guidelines:
The submission period is from April 1 to 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2020. Please note that the
deadline is eastern time. If you are unsure when that would be in your time zone, we recommend using an online time zone converter, such as thetimezoneconverter.com. Every year, we receive emails from writers who waited until the last minute to enter and experienced a technical glitch or another emergency. To be safe, we recommend submitting before the final deadline to account for any problems. If you experience a technical problem or glitch, we recommend contacting Submittable directly at support@submittable.com. If you experience a non-technical problem or you have a question, contact tweditorial@madavor.com and we will do our very best to help you, but please read through ALL guidelines before emailing as your question may have already been answered.

• Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer. This is a blind contest and your confidentiality is essential. Once we close the contest and determine our winners, Submittable will allow us to contact you via your account information. There is no need whatsoever to include your personal information in your document.

• The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable to be considered. We cannot accept mailed or emailed submissions.

• We encourage you to submit multiple entries for a discounted entry fee of $15. All entries must be submitted on the same transaction in order to get the discounted rate. The first submission will be $25 and each additional submission (up to 4 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may choose to add on a critique of one of your entries for an additional $25. Our critiques
are roughly 200 words and aim to show both your work’s best strengths in addition to what might need improvement. If you submit more than one piece, our judging panel will critique the story that we felt was the strongest overall. Again, if you submit more than one entry and you add-on a critique fee, we will only critique one piece. You will receive your critique in an email via Submittable once we close the contest and announce the winners. It takes a great deal of time to read all entries and craft our critiques, so please have patience with us as we work through our entries. Our critique times vary based on how many submissions we received and can take up to six months for our staff to process. Please do not contact us about the status of your critique until November 30, 2020. It is our hope to have completed all critiques sooner than that date, but we anticipate this contest being very popular with our readers and want to give our staff ample time to craft thoughtful critiques. If you need a critique sooner than that date, please do not purchase the critique option.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work. However, if one of your pieces is accepted for publication anywhere else, please withdraw your entry on Submittable and email us at tweditorial@madavor.com immediately so we know your story is no longer under consideration. We are not able to give refunds for contest entries that were accepted for publication elsewhere, so consider your options carefully before entering simultaneously submitted work.

• Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified. (Your piece’s title will not be included in the final word count.)

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs). Please do give your piece a title and make sure that title matches the name you enter in the Submittable “title” form. (Your title will not be included in the maximum word count). For multiple submissions, simply enter one of your stories’ titles in the Submittable form.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by our judging panel.

• $1,000 and publication in a future issue of our magazine will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on writermag.com. The third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com.

• Although we very rarely do so, please know that we reserve the right to extend the official deadline as needed. Any deadline extensions will be announced via our newsletter, which you
can subscribe to here: writermag.com/newsletter-2/.

• Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of The Writer staff and Madavor Media are
not eligible to compete.

• All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. Again, we will
not accept mail or email submissions.

• All submissions must be previously unpublished. A work that has previously appeared on a
blog or website is considered previously published and is thus ineligible for our competition.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit.
• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Website: https://www.writermag.com/contests/

How to enter: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

 


A Poetry Writing Prompt-A-Day: Submit Yours!

1 April 2020

As part of National Poetry Month Poetry Super Highway will offer our seventh annual Poetry Writing Prompt-a-Day beginning on April 1st, 2020. Where will we get these prompts? From you, of course! Submit your best poetry writing prompt in the form below.

We’re looking for prompts that provide specific direction…a writing exercise. We’re unlikely to use prompts that consist only of a phrase or a poem or a section of a poem. Please give a writing exercise. You can use an example but the entire prompt should not be the example.

For details, visit:

http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/poetry-writing-prompt-day-submit/


WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

1 April 2020

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Quressa Robinson with Nelson Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

Visit the website:
https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php