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NewPages Big List
of Writing & Book Contests

 

The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines.

 

January - February - March - April - May - June - July
August - September - October - November - December
Special Deadlines

 

March
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  • Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Documentary Essay Prize. Nonfiction, Photography. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1 [*genres alternate*]

  • Ahsahta Press. Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • North Carolina Writers' Network. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Soundings East. Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Writers' Union of Canada. Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Flyway. Untold Stories Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Women's National Book Association. National Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • 42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • Atlanta Review. International Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Common Ground Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Lotus Press. Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Poetry. [book] 3/1
    [*African American poets only*]

  • St. Petersburg Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Symphony Space Selected Shorts. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

  • Tusculum Review. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/7

  • Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/8

  • Stockholm Writers Festival. First Pages Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/13

  • Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 3/13

  • Center for Fiction. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [published book] 3/14
    [published book]

  • Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/14

  • The Normal School. William Bradley Prize for the Essay. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Literal Latte. Food Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Newfound. Newfound Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/15

  • The Tishman Review. Tillie Olsen Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Cold Mountain Review. RT Smith Prize for Narrative Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Myong Cha Son Haiku Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 3/15

  • Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Tor House Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/15

  • Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Poetry Contest for College Students. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Slope Editions. Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Gordon Square Review. Free Stamp Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Confrontation Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Able Muse. Write Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Bellingham Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • The Claremont Review. Annual Writing & Art Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15
    [*young adults only*]

  • Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Jabberwock Review. Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Tupelo Press/Kundiman. Kundiman Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15
    [*for Asian Americans only*]

  • The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio. [audio] 3/15

  • Prairie Schooner. Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • The Southeast Review. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Paper Darts. Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • The Writer's Center. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [book] 3/15

  • The Pinch. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/16

  • Texas Observer. MOLLY National Journalism Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/17

  • Crab Orchard Review. Annual Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/18

  • Les Figues Press. NOS Book Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Translations, Anti-Novel. Entry Fee. [book] 3/20

  • Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 3/21

  • Enizagam. Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/24

  • The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/28 [*Canadian residents only*]

  • The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/30

  • AWP. The Kurt Brown Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 3/30

  • CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/31

  • Elixir Press. Antivenmon Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry/Levis Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Word Works. Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/31
    [*DC-area high school students only*]

  • Port Yonder Press. Mary Hunter Austin Book Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Poets Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Fence Books. Ottoline Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31
    [*women poets*]

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Prize in Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31 [*genres alternate*]

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Open Book Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Eastern Iowa Review. Editor's Choice Lyric Essay Award. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. First Book Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Essay Collection Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Pleiades. R.M. Kinder Award in Realistic Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Iron Horse Literary Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][chap] 3/31

  • Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Translations. No Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Puerto del Sol. Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • The Florida Review. Editors' Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Able Muse. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Beecher's Magazine. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31


April
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  • Zone 3 Press. Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1
    [*biennial - odd numbered years*]

  • Flyway. Sweet Corn Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Rusty Scythe Publishing. The Scythe Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [anthology] 4/1
    [*undergraduate & graduate students only*]

  • Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Zone 3. Literary Award Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Barely South. Norton Girault Literary Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Orison Books. Orison Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • North American Review. Torch Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Poetry International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Solstice Lit Mag. Literary Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Saturnalia Books. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Grain Magazine. Short Grain Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Winning Writers. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. [literary site] 4/1

  • Alice Munro Festival. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/1 [*writers living in Canada*]

  • White Pine Press. Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/7

  • Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/7

  • Rabbit Catastrophe Press. Real Good Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/8

  • University of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Athena Project. Plays in Progress Series. Drama. No Fee. [festival] 4/15

  • Dancing Poetry. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 4/15

  • Zone 3 Press. First Book Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Hub City Press. New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • University of Arkansas Press. CantoMundo Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • University of Arkansas Press. Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Driftwood Press. Adrift Chapbook Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/15

  • Prime Number. Magazine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • PULP Literature. Magpie Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Sonora Review. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passages North. Waasnode Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Passages North. Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize/Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Permafrost. New Alchemy Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Audio, Video. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • New South. New South Writing Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

  • New Ohio Review. New Ohio Review Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. [book] 4/20

  • Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/23

  • Ninth Letter. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/23

  • The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/23

  • Diagram. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/28

  • Longleaf Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/29

  • Beloit Poetry Journal. Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Trio House Press. Louise Bogan Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Trio House Press. Award for First or Second Book. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Tupelo Press. Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Minerva Rising Press. Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Grist. Pro Forma Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • River Styx. Founder's Award. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/30
    [*St. Louis Area high school students only*]

  • Noemi Press. Book Award for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Redivider. Beacon Street Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Red Hen Press. Nonfiction Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Storm Cellar. Force Majeure Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre, Drama, Comics. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Sequestrum. Editor's Reprint Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Inlandia. Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Winning Writers. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/30

  • Two Sylvias Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Vallum. Vallum Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30


May
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  • Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/1

  • SI of Rittenhouse Square, PA. Brittany Noakes Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 5/1

  • Talking Gourds. Fischer Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/1

  • Crucible. Poetry & Fiction Competition. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Leapfrog Press. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1
    [*genres alternate each year*]

  • The Southwest Review. David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

  • Wick Poetry Center. Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Oberlin College Press. FIELD Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Moon City Press. Moon City Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • The Carolina Quarterly. wake, and dream again. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Pleiades Press. Editor Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • St. Francis College. Literary Prize. Fiction. [published book] 5/1 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • Fugue. Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Jacar Press. Full-Length Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Jacar Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

  • The Conium Review. Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Mad Creek Books. Gournay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/2

  • The American Poetry Review. Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/14

  • Lynx House Press. Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Montreal International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/15

  • Ploughshares. Emerging Writer's Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Blue Collar Review. Working People's Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Breakwater Review. Peseroff Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • Crab Creek Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • The Georgia Review. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Lost Horse Press. Idaho Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Crook's Corner Book Prize. Debut Novel Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 5/15

  • Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • subTerrain. Lush Triumphant Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Academy of American Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Carve Magazine. The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Palooka Press. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • Transitions Abroad. Expatriate & Work Abroad Writing Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. [literary site] 5/15

  • Del Sol Press. First Novel Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Gazing Grain Press. Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • JMWW. Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • BOMB Magazine. Fiction Contest/Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15
    [*genres alternate*]

  • Ruminate. Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • New Letters. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/18

  • Stony Brook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 5/25
    [*undergraduates only*]

  • The New Quarterly. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/28
    [*Canadian residents only*]

  • Anhinga Press. Robert Dana Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

  • Gival Press. Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • New Millennium Writings. Sunshot Prize Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

  • Bacopa Literary Review. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Paper Nautilus. Vella Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • South Carolina Writer's Association. Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Paper Nautilus. Debut Series Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • The Backwaters Press. The Backwaters Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • Baltimore Review. Summer Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • Elixir Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • The Adirondack Review. Fulton Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • University of Georgia Press. Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • BOA Editions. BOA Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • Southern Poetry Review. Guy Owen Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Midway Journal. -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Winston-Salem Writers. Flying South Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Connecticut Poetry Society. Connecticut Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • Backbone Press. Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • New England Poetry Club. Annual Writing & Book Contests. Poetry. [literary site][published book] 5/31


June
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  • Great River Shakespeare Festival. Maria F. Faust Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 6/1

  • Mid-American Review. Fineline Competition. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • HeartWood Literary Magazine. Broadside Series Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations. Entry Fee. [broadside]  6/1

  • Boulevard. Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Betty Gabehart Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/1

  • Boston Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Southern Indiana Review. Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • The Cupboard. Annual Cupboard Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Tiferet. Prizes for Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Quarterly West. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Southern Humanities Review. Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/1

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography. No Fee. [anthology] 6/1

  • The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Midwest Writing Center. Great River Writers' Retreat Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [retreat] 6/1

  • Eyewear Publishing. Sexton Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/1

  • The Iowa Review. Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 6/1 [*even numbered years*]

  • Munster Literature Center. Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/2

  • The MacGuffin. National Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/3

  • Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/5

  • Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/15

  • New Rivers Press. American Fiction Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 6/15

  • PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Miami Book Fair. Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Willamette Writers. Kay Snow Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/15

  • december. Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Gertrude Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Main Street Rag. Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • The Bitter Oleander. Library of Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Texas Review Press. Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Philadelphia Stories. Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Towson University English Department. Towson Prize for Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [published book] 6/15 [*Maryland writers only*]

  • Slate Roof Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Carolina Wren Press. Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • American Short Fiction. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 6/15
    [*for writers age 39 or younger*]

  • Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/16

  • New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/17

  • Cultural Center of Cape Code. National Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/19

  • Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/21

  • Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/27

  • One Throne Magazine. Joust: 24h Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/27

  • Winning Writers. North Street Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/30

  • The London Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Los Angeles Review. Bi-annual Awards Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Island Verse Edition. Island Verse Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/30


The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing.


TW 2017 Personal Essay Contest

Winner: Sarah Birnbach

We're delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay. Sarah Birnbach will receive a cash award of $500 and publication in TW of her essay "My Father's Blessing."

Congratulations to Sarah—and thanks to all who entered this contest for essays about Writing and Faith (there were 70 entries). Two finalists—Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser and Donna Cameron—will also be published in an upcoming issue of TW.


"Why isn’t the quiet custody of one’s own beliefs enough?"

Contest readers were blind to entrants' names, including guest judge Ausma Zehanat Khan and TW Editor Martha Nichols. (Other contest readers were contributing editors Jeremiah Horrigan and Athena Kildegaard.) Of the winner and finalists, Ausma told us by email, "All the winners deserve to be congratulated for writing about topics that are not easy to reflect upon."

Still, she singled out Sarah Birnbach's "My Father's Blessing" as a "story of remarkable depth" that "examines the role faith plays in the lives of believing women and how the tradition that empowers them can also serve to exclude." Ausma adds:

Though 'My Father’s Blessing' tells the story of an observant Jewish family, it speaks to all traditions that discourage women from participation in the rituals they find meaningful. Rich in tenderness and empathy, this story of a daughter’s love for her father examines the ethics that underlie tradition with great compassion and sensitivity. One can only be joyous at the end.

As for the two contest finalists, they took on the topic of Writing and Faith from very different angles. Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser's "Pilgrim, Mother" connects the pilgrimage tradition of the Camino de Santiago and elsewhere with motherhood. Ausma, our judge, says of this piece:

Surprising and profoundly human, 'Pilgrim, Mother' explores the sacred in the ordinary and teaches us to appreciate the inestimable value of both.

In finalist Donna Cameron's "Come-to-Jesus Meeting," strangers from different spiritual traditions butt heads while waiting at the airport for a late flight—the kind of encounter that's "common to many of us today," Ausma notes, adding:

Strangers argue over whose path is the true one. In struggling for an answer, this line struck clean and deep: 'Why isn’t the quiet custody of one’s own beliefs enough?’ If only we knew the answer.


General Contest Guidelines

Since its debut in 2010, Talking Writing has showcased personal essays and other endangered forms of literary and journalistic writing.

TW editors believe strongly in building a community that promotes literary culture all over the Web—and the world. TW features have been reprinted in Salon, Ebony, and the Huffington Post, among other online media sites. TW issues have featured interviews with Jennifer Egan, Robert Olen Butler, Terry Tempest Williams, Connie Willis, Andrew Lam, Caitlin Moran, and many others. TW also publishes poetry, fiction, and the work of visual artists and photographers.

All contest submissions are reviewed by top TW editors and considered for publication in the magazine.

Submit all entries at talkingwriting.submittable.com. The $15 fee for each entry offsets administrative costs and supports ongoing publication of TW.

Enter as many pieces as you like, although each entry requires a separate submission and contest fee. Simultaneous submissions are fine, too, as long as you notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We'll consider unpublished works only, and all entries must be in English.

Include only the title of your piece and page numbers on the first page and in the header. Author names, bios, and cover letters will not be seen by contest readers or judges until the winners have been selected.

Prizewinners receive a cash award and publication in Talking Writing


TW Contest Winner for 2017

Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay
Topic: Writing and Faith
Judge: Ausma Zehanat Khan
Winner: Sarah Birnbach for My Father's Blessing

TW Contest Winners for 2016

Talking Writing Prize for Flash Fiction
Topic: Absurd Stories
Judge: Meg Pokrass
Winner: Nyanka Joseph for To Be a Snake in Winter

Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay
Topic: Mental Illness
Judge: Mark Vonnegut
Winner: Jane McCafferty for Unleashed

TW Contest Winner for 2015

Talking Writing Prize for Hybrid Poetry
Judge: Amy King
Winner: Elisabeth Weiss for The Anna Fragments

TW Contest Winners for 2014

Talking Writing Prize for Flash Nonfiction
Judge: Dinty W. Moore
Winner: Stephen Brown for How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?

Talking Writing Prize for Advice Writing
Judge: Emily Toth
Winner: Ruth Carmel for Misdirection

TW Contest Winners for 2013

Talking Writing Prize for Flash Fiction
Judge: Joanne Avallon
Winner: Charlotte M. Porter for Deaf Uncle

Talking Writing Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Topic: Family Life
Judge: Lorraine Berry
Winner: Drew Ciccolo for Paige

TW Contest Winners for 2012

Talking Writing Prize for Short Fiction
Judge: David Cameron
Winner: David Meischen for Agua Dulce

Talking Writing Prize for Nature Writing
Judge: Steven Lewis
Winner: John Gredler for Glistening Scar


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