Archive for July, 2021

Short Story Award For New Writers

27 July 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers, an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers.  Judging this year’s contest is author of With Teeth and Mostly Dead Things Kristen Arnett! The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.


  • Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 6000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with small circulations (around 5000 copies) can also submit.)
  • International English submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: August 30th, 2021
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction
  • A significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


Sentinel Poetry Book Prize 2021

27 July 2021

Closing date: 31-August-2021

We are now accepting entries to the Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2021 to be judged by Mandy Pannett, author of The Daedalus Files and All the Invisibles.

This competition is for a full length poetry collection by a single author in English language, on any theme, in any style up to 86 A4 pages long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Three successful poetry collections will be published in 2022.

Entry fees: £25.00
(This may be paid by PayPal, Bank Transfer or Cheque/Postal Order)

Prizes: Publishing Contract, £300.00 (1st), £200.00 (2nd), £100.00 (3rd). Each poet will also receive 20 copies of his/her collection.
Learn more and enter now at


10 July 2021

Deadline: August 31, 2021

$2,400 IN PRIZES! Submit Your Best Poem

Cultural Daily’s 9th Annual “Jack Grapes Poetry Prize” is open for submissions. This contest is FREE to enter.

3 WINNERS will receive $500 each, plus publication. 9 FINALISTS will receive $100 each, plus publication. Winners and finalists will be announced in mid-October 2021.

The Rules: Please Read The Rules as the Rules Have Changed!

  1. You may submit ONE, previously unpublished poem. If the poem has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, then it is published.
  3. All submissions must be made through our submission portal. The link is below.
  4. You will copy and paste your poem into the submission form.
  5. Enter the name of your poem, and your name, in the labeled fields on the submission form.
  6. No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2021, Midnight, Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.
  7. By entering this contest you guarantee that the work you are submitting is your own original poetry, that it has never been published electronically or in print, and that it has not been submitted nor accepted for publication elsewhere.
  8. Once you’ve completed your submission, you’ll receive an email acknowledgment that your submission has been accepted. If you don’t receive an email, you haven’t entered the contest.
  9. The decision of the judges is final.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


10 July 2021


Deadline September 15, 2021

Submit your essay on the theme of “Work and Womanhood” to share your stories, experience and perspective. Length 500–2,000 words. Open to all trans and cis women writers 18+, regardless of previous experience or publication. One first-place, one second-place and up to ten finalists will be published. All winners get a mentor session and lifetime membership in our community of contributors. First place $250, publication, mentor session, community membership. Second place $75, publication, mentor session, community membership. Finalists publication, mentor session, community membership. All entrants get a free one-year subscription ($70 value) to Field Notes, an exclusive newsletter series of stories, tips and resources to be a happy and healthy freelancer.

How to enter, visit:


10 July 2021


Deadline July 31, 2021

Essays should focus on the theme of identity and belonging. Oppressive systems and structures seek to prevent us from living into the complexities of our identities and lived experiences. How do you know when you are showing up as your full self and experiencing true belonging? All women, including trans women, 18 years of age or older, may submit up to two nonfiction essays, 1,200 words or less. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 second, and $100 third. The winning essay will be published in the RCWMS newsletter, South of the Garden, in September or December 2021.

How to enter:

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10 July 2021

Deadline August 21, 2021.

Grand prize $1,000 and publication in the magazine.

Word count 1,000 or less.

Second place receives $500 and publication on the website.

Third place receives $250 and publication. 

How to enter:

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

10 July 2021

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2021.


  • 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 18th contest. The results of the 19th contest will be announced on April 15, 2022. Fee: $15 per submission of 1-2 poems. Enter as many submissions as you wish.

Vist the website to enter: