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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/

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

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 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/

F(r)iction Poetry Contest (Single Entry), Spring 2020

1 April 2020

Ends on 

Judge: Devin Kelly
Criteria:  Poetry of any style with a limit of three pages.
The winner will be announced publicly in late spring 2020. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email. Judges’ decisions are final.
Awards: 1st prize receives $500.00 and will be considered for publication as the featured poetry piece in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)iction Log. Each finalist will also qualify for free professional edits on their submission.
Submission Fee: $10.00
Important Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.
We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.
Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.
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 options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.
We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at our online store.
Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.

Visit the website: https://frictioncontests.submittable.com/submit/156774/friction-poetry-contest-single-entry-spring-2020

Note: F(r)iction (and it’s parent 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 category 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 never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

2020 FOUR WAY BOOKS LEVIS PRIZE IN POETRY

10 March 2020

2020 FOUR WAY BOOKS LEVIS PRIZE IN POETRY

Judge: Diane Seuss

Awarding publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading in NYC, and $1000.
Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31, 2020 (postmark) or online via our submission manager by April 1, 2020 at 3 AM EST to accommodate our west coast friends.

Eligibility: Open to any poet writing in English regardless of publication history.

Submissions accepted online (preferred) and by mail.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters)

• Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in English.
• Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
• Please use a legible 12 point font.
• Do not include artwork.
• Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.
•You may include a list of acknowledgments if you wish.
• There are no length requirements save that book-length collection of poetry usually run between 48 and 80 pages of text.
• You may submit multiple manuscripts, but each must be treated as an individual submission, submitted separately, and each requires an entry fee of $30.00 per submission. Each must have complete contact info, etc.
• If you pay the entry fee but fail to submit your manuscript by the deadline, your fee will not be returned.
• Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Your work will be disqualified if your name or contact info appears on the manuscript. Follow our guidelines for placement of contact info.

Online submissions

• Click Here for our submission manager.

By mail (USPS only. No Fed Ex or UPS, for example)

• Please include a completed Entry Form. Click here to download the Entry Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the Entry Form.)
• Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
• You must include a second cover page with just the title of your work, no other contact info.
• Include an entry fee of $30 with your submission, by check, made payable to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to confirm receipt of manuscript.

Mail submission and entry fee of $30.00 to:
Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014

NOTIFICATION

The winner will be notified by email or phone no later than Labor Day. Submitters will be notified by email only. The result will also be posted on our website by Labor Day.

We do not return manuscripts. We do not offer editorial feedback to submitters.

Our Reading Policy

Each manuscript is delivered to our readers as a blind submission. That is, it is stripped of identifying material, whether it is submitted online or by paper. Only the manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the readers and, if chosen as a finalist, to the judge. We do not give a list of submitters or titles to the judge.

Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to Diane Seuss that her integrity, your integrity, and the integrity of Four Way Books would be called into question should you be selected as the winner. You may query us if you have questions regarding this matter. Please query by email to editors@fourwaybooks.com.

Our preliminary readers for the contest are selected by the director of the press and are published poets, experienced editors, and/or poets who have received a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Each manuscript is read by at least two readers. We rotate our readers seasonally so that those writers who wish to re-submit to Four Way Books can be assured that their manuscript(s) will receive fresh “reads.” We do not employ students to read manuscripts.

Our readers select approximately 50 manuscripts as finalist selections. They look for work that is beautifully crafted, manuscripts that feel whole and well-shaped. They do not try to second-guess a judge’s preference. Rather, they look to present a wide range of excellent work to the judge.

Finalists are notified in May or June that their work will be sent on to the judge. On occasion, a judge may ask to see more work but the judge is not allowed to ask for specific work by a specific writer but may ask to see a wider sampling of strong work. If that is the case, the press reviews the submissions again and more manuscripts are sent to the judge as finalists. Therefore, we do not inform the public of finalist selections since that list may grow after the first culling.

The judge is instructed to notify the press of any indiscretions. If a submitter contacts the judge regarding the contest, that person will be disqualified. If the judge does not select a winner, the press’s director, and senior editors will select a finalist’s manuscript to publish.

Visit the website: https://fourwaybooks.com/site/levis-prize/

THE COWLES POETRY BOOK PRIZE

10 March 2020

an annual competition in honor of Vern Cowles, a man who loved literature

Reading Fee: $25 payable through our Submittable page.
Award, contest deadline of April 1, 2020: $2,000 and 30 copies for the author, publication and distribution of a full-length poetry manuscript with a full-color perfect-bound cover.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Individual poems in the manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.
  • Open to any living poet writing in English, age 18 or older, regardless of publication history.
  • Send 48-100 pages of poetry–any style or theme–with a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.
  • The page count doesn’t include the table of contents or acknowledgments.
  • Manuscripts must be typed, each manuscript page numbered, with the following information submitted in the cover letter field on Submittable:
    • Contest title
    • Manuscript title
    • Author name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Email (if available)
    • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee must accompany each manuscript.
  • If you would like a copy of the winning book, please enclose a total payment of $32 ($7 for the book).
  • Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Employees and students of Southeast Missouri State University Press are not eligible.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Visit the website: http://www.semopress.com/events/cowles-prize/

NATIONAL POETRY CONTEST

10 March 2020

Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2020

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC, is sponsoring the National Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards are:

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 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 8 poems line-edited

3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 5 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

Guidelines:

Each poem should not exceed two pages (double-spaced). Multiple entries are accepted. Your name, address, phone email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee is $25 for every 3 poems. All entries receive comments from the judges.

Enclose self-sealing SASE for comments and winners’ list, and mail to: Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent in Word Doc to writersw@gmail.com with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

Emerging Writer’s Contest

10 March 2020

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more.

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 $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

To submit, see our guidelines. The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

Guidelines

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest by logging in to your pshares.org account or creating an account and then visiting our submission manager here

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here.

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction).

Publication

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2020 contest will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2021.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2021 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

Submitting

The contest opens March 1, 2020 at noon EST and closes on May 15, 2020 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2020.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accommodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted.
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
We only consider one submission per author for the duration of the contest, regardless of genre. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere via email (pshares@pshares.org) or our online contact form.

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2020-2021 issue, your contest entry is free of charge. You will still be prompted to “checkout” but you will not be required to enter payment information and will not be charged. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to email us at pshares@pshares.org.

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2020-2021 issue, the submission manager will prompt you to pay the $24 fee at checkout. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2020 issue and ending with the Winter 2020-2021 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period.

If you are an international submitter, please be in touch via email for more information about this process. 

Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager.

Visit the website:  https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2019 – 2020

5 December 2019

Deadline: December 28, 2019 – 11:59 PM

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary 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 totaling $1275.00! All works must be original.

Guidelines:

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). Also, all entries must be typed or legibly hand-printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story

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 cover sheet. 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

Win $1,000 Poetry Open Prize at Gemini Magazine

15 November 2019

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (4): $25 each
Entry fee: $8
Deadline: January 2, 2020


All six finalists will be published online in the March 2020 issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, poetic form, writing style, or length. Poems must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our tenth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All four dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE CONTEST SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so pieces and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story
“Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance. 

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

17 October 2019
  • Award Amount: $1,000 to $10,000 scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Fee: $5 for single entry, $20 for portfolio

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrate art by students in grades seven through twelve on a regional and national scale. These awards have a huge number of categories and styles, including cash prizes or scholarships for some distinguished award winners. Categories include science-fiction and fantasy writing, humor, critical essays, and dramatic scripts, among others.

Deadlines vary by region, so use Scholastic’s Affiliate Partner search to find out when projects are due for your area.

Scholastic partners with other organizations to provide prizes to winners, so what you can win depends on what you enter and what competition level you reach. Gold medal portfolio winners can earn a $10,000 scholarship, and silver medal winners with distinction can earn a $1,000 scholarship, as well as many other options in different categories.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are open to private, public, or home-schooled students attending school in the US, Canada, or American schools in other countries. Students must be in grades seven through twelve to participate. Eligibility varies between regions, so consult Scholastic’s Affiliate Partner search tool to figure out what applies to you.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have a $5 entry fee for individual submissions and $20 for portfolio submissions, which may be waived for students in need. These fees may vary depending on location, so be sure to check your local guidelines.

Visit the website: https://blog.prepscholar.com/writing-contests-for-high-school-students

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

12 October 2019

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (4): $25 each
Entry fee: $8
Deadline: January 2, 2020


All six finalists will be published online in the March 2020 issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, poetic form, writing style, or length. Poems must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our tenth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All four dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE CONTEST SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so pieces and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story
“Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance. 

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

12 August 2019

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2020 competitions.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop in March, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books (tucsonfestivalofbooks.org).

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300), the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival’s presenters. Past faculty include Ann Hood, Marilyn Chin, Andre Dubus III, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.
  • Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Double space prose submissions.
  • Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the subject heading or the title of the attachment. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box only. Manuscripts with the author’s name anywhere on them will be disqualified.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2019.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March, 2020. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).

For more information contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Visit the website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=436

Click here to make your submission!

The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

2 May 2019

Inviting All To Enter The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest—And To—

Spread The Word

🗣

To Both Adult and Young Poets

 
The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. There are five new categories: “Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?”   “What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?”   “What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?”   “What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?”   “Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?”   Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.
Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 
     

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available in the rack next to the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org under “NEWS.”

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019No entry fee. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Voices of Lincoln Special Event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Those who cannot attend will have their poems read for them by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 31, 2018

Entry Fees

$10
You may submit multiple pieces as long as each is accompanied by a separate entry fee. One poetry submission may include up to 5 unrelated (or related) poems.

Prizes

$100 and potential publication in our magazine, “AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought”

Description

Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights. A cover letter is not required and will not affect the success of your submission. ​We want work that grows in complexity upon each visitation; we enjoy ornate, cerebral, and voluptuous prose or poetry executed with thematic intent. Writers we admire are Zadie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Dickens, Toni Morrison, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Tom Stoppard, John Keene, and James Baldwin.

Contact Information

For questions, e-mail editors: Sakina Fakhri (sakina.lazuliliterary@gmail.com) and Diana McClure (diana.lazuliliterary@gmail.com)

SUBMIT TO CONTEST here: https://www.lazuliliterarygroup.com/contests.html

For details, visit website:

https://www.lazuliliterarygroup.com/contests.html

I Can Not – a poetry contest

26 November 2018

Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Write a poem that begins with the words “I can’t”.

Words do not need to be in quotes.

Can add words and change capitalization.

For example “I can’t believe”.

All poetry types accepted.

Any length accepted.

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

All writers will receive feedback for their submission.

Entry Fees:

$9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com

How to enter, visit: 

https://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=105253

The Birdy Poetry Prize, by Meadowlark Books

26 November 2018

Deadline

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Prizes

Prize: $500 cash, publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book

Description

Full-length poetry manuscripts (55-page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. All poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history.

Entry Fee: $25

Contact Information

info@meadowlark-books.com

Website

http://www.meadowlark-books.com/p/birdy.html

Last Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2018

28 October 2018

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’s 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. Genres: 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.

Extended Postmarked deadline: October 29, 2018

All contest winners will be announced on November 30, 2018

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 cover sheet. 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

Last Call for Entries! Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

22 September 2018

September 30, 2018 is the last day you can enter this year’s Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry ContestS. Mei Sheng Frazier will judge, assisted by Jim DuBois. We will award $4,000 in prizes and publish the winners on our website. We’ll also announce the results in our newsletter (50,000+ subscribers) and Twitter feed (107,000+ followers).

$1,500 Tom Howard Prize for a poem in any style or genre
$1,500 Margaret Reid Prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)

New this year: Our co-sponsor Duotrope will award one-year gift certificates (value $50) to the top two winners.

• Entries may be published or unpublished
• You may submit any number of entries
• You may enter from any country (English language only)
• Fee: $12 per poem
• Each poem may have up to 250 lines

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Submit your entries here

Have you already entered the contest?
You may submit additional entries up to the deadline date.

Do you prefer to enter by mail?
Please postmark your submission by September 30. There’s no special entry form. Just attach a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, and email address. No name should appear on the poems themselves. Mail your entry and fee ($12 per poem, pay with US check, money order, or currency) to:
Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961

Visit the website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180921a%20Tom%20Poetry&utm_content=180921a%20Tom%20Poetry+Version+A+CID_1c7a9b9867e81dab0913ac1d6e4b1ea6&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Submit%20here

 

Last Call! 2018 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

26 April 2018

We Are Now Accepting Entries for the
2018 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry!

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Judges: Joshua Ferris,  Lacy M. Johnson, and Chen Chen

Entries for the Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction and Nonfiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,000 words. Entrants for the Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry may submit up to five poems not exceeding 10 total pages in length. We will accept submissions both via Submittable and via postal mail. Entrants may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $23 entry fee. 

Contest Guidelines for Online Submissions
–    Click here for online submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s Submittable 
–    Submit your work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
–    Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
–    The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
–    Submittable accepts all major credit cards for the $23 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.

Contest Guidelines for Postal Mail Submissions
–    Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
–    Please address postal mail entries to:

          Gulf Coast
ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-3013

–    The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
–    Please make the check for your $23 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to the print journal, payable to “Gulf Coast.”

–>CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WEBSITE<–

All Poets & Writers are Welcome – Deadline: September 23, 2018

21 April 2018

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST – SUMMER 2018 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! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. Multiple and simultaneous entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html) *Postmarked deadline: September 15, 2018 Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on October 31, 2018. Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem. To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or story(ies), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the cover sheet; 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 NOW!

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

9 April 2018

Submissions for the 2018 contest will open May 1, 2018, and this year’s judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2018 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer’s work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit between May 1 and June 1, 2018, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
    1. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
    2. Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
    3. Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    4. Postmark submissions by June 1, 2018, and mail to the address below:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

There is no entry fee.

Read Sample Submissions

These were named winner or runners-up in our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest and were published in our Spring 2013 issue. We announced the winners and runners-up of our 2014 contest the following September (read the announcement); their work appeared in our Spring 2015 issue. For more veterans’ writing, as well as resources for veteran writers, please visit our Veterans’ Writing Gallery.

Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win our contest if it is slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named the winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

The judge has been instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom he has had a personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author names removed, the judge may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if he can’t tell during the judging process, he has the right to change his decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.

Visit the website: https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is supported by a 2016 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.