Posts Tagged ‘creative nonfiction writing contests’

Creative Nonfiction Calls for Submission

9 January 2016

Creative Nonfiction Magazine, the first and largest nonfiction literary magazine. currently has two active calls for submission.  More information can be found below.

For our upcoming fall 2016 issue, we’re looking for essays on the topic of ‘learning from nature’. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2016, and there is no reading fee for this contest. Our editors will award $5000 for Best Essay and $1000 for runner-up.

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Finally, for an essay collection on our book imprint In Fact Books, we’re looking for essays on the topic of siblings. The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2016, and there is no reading fee for this contest.

More details here:

Essays should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States. You may submit essays online or by regular mail.

Complete information about submitting to Creative Nonfiction can be found here:


Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

2 March 2015

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission,

the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes

work by an emerging writer in each of three genres:

fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

One winner in each genre per year will receive $1,000

and publication in the literary journal. 

We consider writers “emerging” if they have not published

or self-published a book. 

Submit three to five pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of prose

with a $24 entry fee (there is no entry fee for current subscribers),

which includes a subscription to Ploughshares,

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at noon EST.

Visit the website for complete guidelines at:

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

3 April 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry 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. All works must be original.
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, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014
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 short 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!

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


13 March 2014

 — ENTRY FEE $34.95.

Submit an article or essay of 5,000 words.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT.

EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit

(e.g., two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.)

in accordance with the judge’s decision.

Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

Visit website for details:

$10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

2 April 2013

Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2013

Creative Nonfiction and Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability are looking for remarkable true stories that illuminate and present the human side of environmental, economic, ethical, and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future.

We welcome personal essays or stories about extraordinary individuals or communities, and stories about innovative solutions to sustainability. We seek essays on topics that range from global to local, from “big” (e.g., Resilience after natural disasters; New technology solutions vs. common sense; Energy harvesting) to “small” (e.g., Personal decisions about consumption; Reuse, recycle, up-cycle, bicycle?; Green, clean—what does it mean?; What can we learn from past generations?). Whatever the subject, we want to hear about it in an essay that blends facts and research with narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factual and scientifically accurate (we will fact-check, so please keep your documentation).

All essays submitted will be considered for publication in a special “Human Face of Sustainability” issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine. One writer will be awarded the $10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award.

The prize recipient will be invited to a special launch event hosted by Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail. To submit by mail, please send manuscript and a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count, a SASE or email address for response, and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Sustainability
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


29 March 2013

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013.

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Marcelle SovieroJLSchneider, and Madeline Stevens are this year’s judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries button at .

PRIZES: First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.


1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover    letter, but only include your title in the submission so it remains anonymous.
2. Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover letter.
3. Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us your background or where you’ve been published. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.
4. Please double-space your submission.

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable, Submit to Writer Advice

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $13.

Names of all winners will be announced in the summer issue of WriterAdvice,

E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2013 is now open for entries!

28 March 2013

The 2013 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open!

We welcome entries from all writers anywhere in the world!

Categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing.

Prizes: £300 for each category plus winners will be published in Wasafiri

Entry fees: UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories

Simply fill in the entry form and post it with your fee to:

‘Wasafiri New Writing Prize’

The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP

Or send your entry via email to

The closing date is 5pm GMT on Friday 26 July 2013

Visit the website for details on how to enter: