Posts Tagged ‘creative non-fiction contests’

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

15 May 2013



*** $1,000 First Place Prize ***



Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2013 



Our annual contest awards $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2014 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2014. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication, as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.


Submission Guidelines:


Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2013 (postmark deadline).


Include a brief cover letter; please let us know if yours is a simultaneous submission.


Include SASE for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.


Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit), or up to five poems. Additional categories require additional fee.


Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.


Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.


Double-sided submissions are encouraged. No email submissions.


Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
Note: We usually inform in January.


We are now accepting submissions online through our blog


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Last Call! for Personal Stories of Survival, Inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s Song “I Will Survive”

25 April 2013

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential). We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction—similar to the stories in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor.

Submit by April 30, 2013, or

Last Call for Entries – The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest –

25 April 2013
– The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest –
Deadline:  Tues., May 7th, 2013
Prize: $500 & publication
Judge: Kevin Wilson!
There’s still time to submit to The Cupboard’s Third-Ever Contest. The winning author receives $500, and the manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume. We’re looking for prose submissions between 4k and 10k words. In the past, we’ve published short stories, essays, collections of flash fiction and prose poems, and combinations thereof. Send us your best work. Reading fee is $10. Submissions are received and read anonymously, and all submissions are eligible for regular publication. Kevin Wilson will serve as final judge.
To submit, go to:
Please email with any questions.
Kevin Wilson is the author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), and The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011). His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He’s an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of the South.
The Cupboard is published four times a year. Each volume features a body of work by a single author. Previous authors include Jesse Ball, Mathias Svalina, Courtney Maum, Joshua Cohen, and Anne Marie Rooney.
More information can be found at

Briarpatch’s Second Annual Creative Writing Contest!

25 October 2012

Briarpatch Magazine is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism) that bring to life issues of political, social and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We want bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, between journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive, original ways. With award-winning writers Zoe Whittall and Carmen Aguirre as our judges and $750 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed! Your $25 entry fee gets you a full year’s subscription to Briarpatch (regularly $28.95), which makes it hard to lose. This fee helps to cover the costs of organizing, promoting and administrating the contest, as well as the cash prizes.

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet ZOE WHITTALL. She is the author of the Lambda award-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and is among the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by best-selling author, actor, and award-winning playwright CARMEN AGUIRRE. Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, which chronicles her story as a young resistance fighter against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest.

Contest winners will be published in Briarpatch Magazine and awarded $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at and will each receive $75.

The top entry from Briarpatch‘s hometown of Regina will be treated to lunch with award-winning author Sandra Birdsell.

Submissions should not exceed 2500 words.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2012.

See for full contest details.