21 September 2021

£25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline October 31, 2021. The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize awards £2,500 to the judges’ choice of the best first biography published each year. The author must be resident in the UK. Books must have a publication date between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 (proofs are acceptable).


21 September 2021

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for the 10th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given for works of fiction and nonfiction. The awards, co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.

Submit five copies of the work published between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, with a $50 entry fee by January 31, 2022. Writers who have published four or more books are ineligible. Visit the Saroyan Prize website for complete eligibility and submission details.

Congratulations to our 2020 Fiction Winner Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya for Friday Black, and our 2020 Nonfiction Winner Jennifer Croft for Homesick. View our complete list of 2020 winners and finalists.

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Last call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

15 September 2021

Deadline September 22, 2021

ENTRY FEE $5 per poem/$10 per story.

Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, and screenwriting). Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50. Enter Now!

How to enter, visit:


14 September 2021

Deadline: September 27, 2021.

£5/€6/$7 ENTRY FEE.

Judged by John McAuliffe & Linda Gregerson

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize £500
  • plus 20 commendeds
  • plus winners read with judges at troubadour international poetry prize 2021 prize-night celebration on mon 6 dec

Submit via email by Monday, 27 September 2021

(Check out winners, winning poems & judges’ reports, 2020 & prior, on our previous-winners’-poems page.)


  • Linda Gregerson studied at Oberlin, Northwestern, Iowa Writers Workshop & Stanford, is Professor of English at University of Michigan, a Renaissance scholar, a classically trained actor & a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets: her poetry collections range from The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) to Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Mariner, 2015)
  • John McAuliffe (b. Listowel) has published five collections with Gallery Press including The Kabul Olympics (2020), is Professor of Poetry at Manchester University, where he directs the Centre for New Writing & Literature Live, founder & co-editor of Manchester Review, assoc. editor at Carcanet Press, & was chief poetry critic at the Irish Times (2013-2020) where he founded & chaired the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

judges read all poems submitted


  • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, 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 published; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of subsequent submissions.
  • Submission: Email only, no postal entries: email your poems as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only) to; include in email: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & PayPal Receipt Number.
  • Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal (see below, PayPal account not required).
  • Timeline: Submit by midnight (your local time) on Mon 27 Sep 2021; prize-winners will be contacted in week commencing Mon 22 Nov 2021.
  • Acknowledgement/Results: Submissions acknowledged within 14 days of receipt; results posted on website after our Mon 6 Dec 2021 prize-night event; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence entered into.
  • Email Address: By including email address you agree to receiving emails regarding annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

How to enter, visit:


14 September 2021

Deadline September 20, 2021.


The contest is now open to Black authors who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) and picture books for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring contemporary, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. History and fantasy themes will not be considered. First Place: $1,000 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit, and a meeting with Mary Taris, founder of Strive, and an editor from Free Spirit to discuss the winner’s project. The winning submission will be seriously considered for publication by Free Spirit, cobranded with Strive; however, publication is not guaranteed. Second Place: $500 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. Third Place: $250 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. 

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14 September 2021

Deadline September 20, 2021.


Our short story competition is now open for completed short fiction of up to 3,000 words. The first prize is £3,000 plus mentoring by a specialist literary agent. Three additional finalists each receive £100, and all four winning entries are published in Mslexia. Winning entries plus eight more shortlisted entries will be published in Mslexia’s inaugural ebook anthology Best Women’s Short Fiction 2021. 

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14 September 2021

Deadline September 30, 2021.

Joffe Books, with judges bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood, is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join our bestselling list. We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books. This promotion is open to all UK residents and British Citizens (including those residing abroad) without a literary agent.

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14 September 2021

Deadline: September 28, 2021.


The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to Dayton, Ohio, where two winners will be “robed” in plush bathrobes and given free registration to the March 24-26, 2022, workshop. As part of the biennial A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, the winners will spend two more blissful weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects — and order free room service. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions. For more information, visit or read the FAQs. Applications accepted Sept. 7-28, 2021.

How to enter:

The Missouri Review – 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

14 September 2021

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction $5,000 Poetry 


Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize.


  • 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.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Standard Entry fee: $25. Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format (normal price $24) and a digital copy of the fifth title in our imprint, TMR Books, Private Lives, a short story anthology by former Editors’ Prize-winners and contributors (normal price $7.95).
  • “All Access” Entry fee: $30. In addition to the one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review and Private Lives, the “All Access” entry fee grants access to the last 10 years of digital issues and the audio recordings of each digital issue.


  • Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.
  • Previous Editors’ Prize finalists are welcome to enter again.


DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

Winners will be announced in early 2022.

Questions? E-mail

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2021)

14 September 2021

Judge: Rachel Long – author of My Darling from the Lions

Closing date: 31st October 2021

About: Organised every three months since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £250 (First), £125 (Second), £75 (Third), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), £20 x 3 (Commendation), £10 x 3 (Special Mentions).

For detailed information, rules, and to enter the current competition go to the SLQ poetry competition page.

Last call! Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2021

14 September 2021

Could your next book be a prizewinning poetry collection?

Judge: Mandy Pannett – author of All the Invisibles and The Daedalus Files.
Closing Date: 30th September 2021
 Organised every year since 2015, this competition is for poetry collections by single adult authors, in English language, on any subject, in any style. Poets living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. The prize winners will have their poetry collections published by SPM Publications and will each receive 20 copies of their books.

Prizes: £300 (First), £200 (Second), and £100 (Third), plus a standard publishing contract.

For detailed information, rules and to enter the current competition go to the Sentinel Poetry Book competition page.

Oct. 7-10, 2021: WRITERS’ RETREAT at FOLLY BEACH, SC (near Charleston)

14 September 2021

Our annual beach retreat is informal, friendly, and supportive. It is safe, with vaccinated people and wearing masks etc. We’ll stay at a nice beach house with plenty of space and have our writing sessions outside on the porch. We usually limit to a small group of people of various writing backgrounds, and will meet twice a day to talk about writing fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, and self-editing. The all-inclusive rate, excepting meals, is $525 private room/$475 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per day.

For more information and to register, please see our website,, at our Events page. or email

Please register asap – space is limited!


387 Beaucatcher Road

Asheville, NC 28805



14 September 2021


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 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions

         Deadline: Postmarked (or emailed) by Sept. 30, 2021


Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less. 

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 is $25 per story. 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: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Send your work as a Word Doc attachment. The entry fee is payable online at, or by mailing a check. No sase is required.

Karen Ackerson, Exec. Director

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The Writers’ Workshop
387 Beaucatcher Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805828-254-8111

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, 2021

13 September 2021

Closing date: Monday 20 September 2021, 23:00 BST/22:00 GMT

Contest description: Judged by award-winning poet Will Harris, the competition is open to all poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language).

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200. The competition entrance fee is £5 for each of your first three entries and then £4 for every subsequent poem. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Online Shop. All entries must be unpublished work and no longer than 50 lines.

To enter, please visit:

If you have any questions that aren’t addressed in our FAQs on our site, please contact us:

You can follow the Poetry Centre on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and sign up for our Weekly Poem to receive a contemporary poem in your inbox for free every Monday. You can also find out about the pamphlets from our ignitionpress here.

And if you’re interested in Creative Writing or English Literature, why not take a look at Oxford Brookes’ exciting MA programmes in Creative Writing and in English Literature.

The Love & Eros Prize 2021

2 September 2021


We’re delighted to offer the inaugural Love & Eros Prize for 2021: $3000 and publication! Love engulfs us, desire rules us. We encourage love poems beyond the confines of what’s traditionally “romantic.” Rather, we’re seeking unflinching examinations of our sharpest human sensations—those of desire, longing, devotion, and intimacy. All iterations of love are welcome—send us your bitter and your sweet, your queer, platonic, reverent, and devotional.

Palette’s editors will choose the ten finalists and any honorable mentions that warrant extra attention. Our judge will then select the winner and runner-ups. Second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively.

The winner will be selected by this year’s guest judge, Kaveh Akbar, author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf, 2021).

about our judge

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, was recently published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine.

In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.”

submission guidelines

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the majority of the poem is in English.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (we want to say congrats!)
  • There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poems. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • We do accept multiple submissions, but each submission will include the $20 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with any publication history.
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
  • Contest closes on October 18, 2021.

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FINAL MONTH Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

2 September 2021

The deadline to enter this year’s Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest is September 30, 2021. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre and the Margaret Reid Prize of $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. This contest is recommended by Reedsy.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope. Submit published or unpublished work online via Submittable. Most countries eligible. Length limit per poem: 250 lines. Read the past winning entries.

Advice from our judge, S. Mei Sheng Frazier:
Being intimately familiar with the vast poetic terrain, a skilled traditional poet can adeptly navigate meter and structure—guiding readers unwaveringly toward the destination—in a singularly modern way. Thoughtful inclusion of today’s events, perspectives, vernacular or themes can render even the strictest villanelle contemporary. And a slight, strategic bending of the rules can make a sonnet feel utterly fresh. Shakespeare took occasional liberties. Poet, so can you.

The fee is just $15 for every two poems you submit. Click to submit online below or, to enter by mail, please send your poems and $15 entry fee to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street Suite B PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3998. You may include multiple entries in the same envelope. Checks must be drawn on US banks, payable to Winning Writers. US money orders and currency are also welcome. Please postmark your entry by September 30, 2021.


Early Bird Discount – Call for Entries: 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2 September 2021

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2020, 2021 or 2022 or with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

Offering +80 Categories – More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

80+Categories for the 2022 Indie Book Awards

Take advantage of this offer and enter by September 30, 2021 and receive the second category for free!

Enter the Early Bird Special!

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession, and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

▪              $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Fiction Book

▪              $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Fiction Book

▪              $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Fiction Book

▪              $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $100 Cash Prize & Gold Medal for all +80 category Winners

▪              Finalist Medals for each finalists in the +80 categories

Winners and Finalists will also receive:▪An invitation to the gala awards reception.Exposure for a full year at Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a Winner or Finalist.▪All Winners will be listed in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!▪The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.▪Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).
PLUS, the top 80 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & SchusterPenguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen KingKen FollettBarbara KingsolverJohn GrayMary Higgins Clark, and many more.”Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Marilyn Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 70 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.”
Final entry date for the 2022 awards program – February 11, 2022.



25 August 2021

Deadline: All entries must be received before midnight Monday 27th SEPTEMBER 2021

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. 
Competition Judge: JIM BENNETT
1st prize is £100  2nd prize is £50
Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of
All entries must be received before midnight Monday 27th SEPTEMBER 2021
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

For more details see

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2021

10 August 2021

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2021

Deadlines and Entry Fees: The entry fee is $15 for each story submitted by October 1, 2021. The late entry fee for stories submitted from October 2, 2021 through October 15, 2021 is $20. Entries submitted online after October 15, 2021 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2022 competition beginning October 2, 2021.

Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2021 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a forty-year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, a granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the RiverWalk on Water, and A World Turned Over.

Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story on our competition website. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

Eligibility requirements for our 2021 competition are as follows:

  • What to submit: Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains the property of the author.
  • Who may submit: The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Submission requirements: Submissions may be submitted online only at this time. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award or places in any way in another competition (i.e. receives an Honorable Mention, is a semi-finalist, etc.) prior to announcement of our Winners and Honorable Mentions. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet — which should be the first page of the story document — with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Deadlines and Entry Fees: The entry fee is $15 for each story submitted by October 1, 2021. The late entry fee for stories submitted from October 2 through October 15 is $20. Entries submitted online after October 15, 2021 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2022 competition beginning October 2, 2021.
  • How to pay your entry fee: Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use this feature.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions

Winners of our 2021 competition will be posted in late spring of 2022 on our website, and also on our Facebook page. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally

All manuscripts should be submitted online to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Please do not mail your entries at this time. We are updating our P.O. Box and will notify you on this website when this is complete. For more information, please explore this website or e-mail:

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August Strawberry Suspense Micro-Fiction Contest

10 August 2021

Closing Date: September 1st, 2021

Entry Fee: None

Top Prize: $75

Other Details: We will be announcing the winners in early September. They will be featured on our site and receive their prize ($75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place) then.

Our main rules concerning the actual submissions are that they fit in a Quote Tweet on Twitter (as this is where we receive submissions) and mention the Strawberry Suspense tea.

The rest of the rules and our contact information are at and respectively,

and the contest invitation is at


9 August 2021

Deadline: Extended to December 15, 2021

Opened to all authors with novels published in 2021 in the categories of Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Biography, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Alternate Historical, and Historical Non-Fiction.

Grand Prize of $500 for Overall Book of the Year

Visit the website:

How to enter:

Contact information: Dee Marley, HFC CEO,

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

7 August 2021

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


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: September 22, 2021

All contest winners will be published October 31, 2021


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

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

All contest winners will be published online in our Dare to Dream pages on October 31, 2021.

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 for details on how to enter!


7 August 2021

Deadline August 15, 2021


Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or fewer and in a single document (.doc, .docx. or .pdf). Entry fee also buys you a subscription. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

To Submit

  • Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or fewer and in a single document (.doc, .docx. or .pdf).
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $6 for postage ($3 for addresses in Canada).
  • We’re offering free entries for Black or Indigenous writers. The first thirty free entries will also include a year-long print subscription; after that, you can still enter for free, but we don’t have the funds to cover additional free print subscriptions.
    • [Note: As of 8/2/2021, we’ve hit our free-subscription cap.]
  • Be sure to select the correct genre on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
  • Click the “submit entry” button on this page to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Keep in Mind:

  • IR doesn’t accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • All entries are considered anonymously.
  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere or withdrawn for another reason.
  • Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
  • Finally, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judges. This includes people who have studied or taught at IU in the past four years.

How to enter, visit:


7 August 2021

Deadline September 1, 2021


The Lee Smith Novel Prize opens for submissions and will close on September 1, 2021 at midnight EST. The final judge will be Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Winner will receive $1,000 and publication.

There is no longer a submission fee for this contest. The suggested donation is optional. Readers and the final judge will not see submitters’ donation status or any identifying information of the submitter. Submissions should be full-length, literary fiction novel manuscripts of at least 25,000 words. 

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or a similar font, and should NOT contain the submitter’s name or any identifying information anywhere in the manuscript or the name of the manuscript file. Manuscript files should be named with the title of the manuscript only. Be sure author’s name and any other identifying information only appear in the cover letter and not in the manuscript itself (including in headers or footers or on the first page of the manuscript).

Author’s biography and list of previously published works is not required but may be included in the cover letter. 

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

Please note that Blair does not publish genre fiction. Manuscripts cannot be substituted or edited after submission. Finalists will be announced in early 2022. Thank you for your patience with the process as we give each manuscript the individual attention it deserves.

We look forward to reading your work!

About the judge:

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction.

How to enter, visit:


7 August 2021

Deadline August 20, 2021


Australia’s richest poetry prize: $40,000 to celebrate Australian women’s poetry in 2021

Presented by the Department of English at the University of Sydney, the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is funded by the generous bequest of former student of the University, Helen Anne Bell.

This year the award offers an increased prize of $40,000 for a collection of poems by an Australian woman poet and its publication by Vagabond Press. This is the fourth biennial award made under the bequest as Helen Anne Bell’s legacy continues to recognise, support and celebrate Australian women poets.

We invite women poets to submit a collection of poems between 50 to 80 pages to the award. The work should broadly deal with Australian culture in some way; otherwise there are no restrictions on subject matter.

The award is judged by three distinguished Australian women poets. The judges for the 2021 award are: Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Melinda Bufton.

Important Dates

  • Entries open on 20 May 2021 and close on 20 August 2021, 11.59pm (AEST).

How do I enter?

  • Ensure your work complies with the Conditions of Entry below.
  • Complete the required sections below then click the Submit button at the bottom of the page. You will receive confirmation of your entry once it has been submitted.

What is the prize?

  • There is a cash prize of $40,000 for the award winner. The winning entry will be published by Vagabond Press.

Want more information?

** Please read the full Conditions of Entry below before submitting your work.**

Conditions of Entry

  • Closing date for submissions is 20 August 2021, 11.59pm (AEST).
  • Entry is FREE.
  • Only ONE entry per person will be accepted.
  • The award is for an original, previously unpublished collection of poems between 50 – 80 pages, “about Australian culture”, broadly defined.
  • Applicants must be Australian women over the age of 18.
  • Individual poems can have been previously published or won prizes, but the manuscript, as a whole, should be unpublished.
  • Entries may be under consideration for publication elsewhere, but if an offer to publish the manuscript is accepted elsewhere, the applicant should immediately withdraw from the award.
  • The writer must present the entry under her own name and NOT under a pseudonym.     
  • The entry must be typed (12 point) and submitted in one Word or PDF document.
  • The judges will short-list applications and select a winner. The decision of the judges is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Applicants may reapply for a subsequent award provided that they have not previously won the award.
  • The winner must agree to give a public reading of the works at University of Sydney.
  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • Entries will not be accepted by post, email or fax.
  • All entries to be submitted to:
  • The winning manuscript will be delivered in its final form to Vagabond Press in November 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter this award?

Women poets. This includes poets who identify as women.

Can anyone living in Australia enter?

The award is only open to Australian citizens.

I’m an Australian based overseas, can I still enter?

Australian citizens may enter, regardless of where they live, as long as their work is about Australian culture, broadly understood.

What age can enter this award?

You need to be 18 years or over at the date of entry.

What does ‘unpublished’ mean?

‘Unpublished’ means your collection of poems has not been published in any form of publication, printed or online, by a registered publisher who is not paid by you to publish your work.

Does self-published count as already published?

No. You may enter the award if you have self-published your collection.

Are there any restrictions on formatting?

Entries must be typed and be between 50-80 A4 pages. Please upload a single pdf or Word document for your whole manuscript. We only accept .doc, .docx, .pdf file format. Font size and style is your choice.

Are acknowledgements/title/content pages etc. included in the page count?


Can I include illustrations/drawings/photos in my work?

Yes. These will count towards the maximum number of pages allowed (80). Illustrations/drawings/photos must be your own or that you have been legally granted permission to use.

I have entered or been shortlisted before, am I eligible to enter this time?

Yes, you can. Only previous winners cannot enter.

Can I include poems written by other people?

No. The award is for a collection of poems by an individual poet.

How many times can I enter?

One entry per person.

How do I know my entry has been successfully submitted?

You will receive a confirmation email via the Submittable system when you submit your work.

Can employees of the University enter the award?

Yes. Employees directly connected to administering or judging the prize may not enter.

When is the closing date/time and will late submissions be accepted?

20 August 2021, 11.59pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Can I query why my manuscript has not been selected or ask for feedback?

No. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into either prior to or after the winner is announced.

For any further enquiries please email (with Helen Anne Bell in the subject line).

Visit the website for details on how to enter: