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Top Prize
Worth $6,000
Additional Prize
Publishing Deal
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Inkitt Writing Competition 2017
  • Inkitt Invests A Minimum $6,000 in Your Book Marketing
  • Proven Amazon Top 100 Strategy
  • A Dedicated Marketing Team
  • Professional Editing & Cover
  • 25% Royalties
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize: Inkitt will give the grand winner a minimum $6,000 in book marketing with a proven Amazon Top 100 strategy including a dedicated marketing team with professional editing and cover with 25% royalties.
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Top Prize
$65
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Pennine Ink Short Story Competition
The theme this year is CHEMISTRY and you can Interpret this any way you wish. Word limit - 500 words. First Prize for the Writing Contest - £50 (or equivalent in dollars), publication in Pennine Ink and on the website. For readers outside the UK, please enter via our website.
Deadline
Entry Fee
4$
Top Prize
$1000
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Santa Fe Writers Project 2040 Book Award
Minorities have long been under-represented by the publishing industry, but according to the US Census, more than half of all Americans will be part of a minority group by the 2040s. All across America today, this vibrant cross-cultural boom is underway, changing how we view the world, and how we view literature and the arts. 2040 Books represents this exciting social change, standing as a strong, new voice in publishing and championing debut and established multicultural authors.
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$250
Additional Prize
And publishing contract
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The Hopper Poetry Prize
The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is open for submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2017 Hopper Poetry Prize. This writing competition is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the editors of The Hopper in collaboration with Dede Cummings, publisher of Green Writers Press, to be published by Green Writers Press as a collection in the spring of 2018. The winning poet will also receive $250 in prize money.
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$1500
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North Street Book Prize
Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2017. We are accepting self-published books in the categories of General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Length limit: 150,000 words. All contestants receive a free PDF download of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson.
Deadline
Entry Fee
60$
Top Prize
$1000
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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization based in Santa Barbara, California, hosts two peace contests each year. The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest is an annual contest in which contestants submit short videos on an aspect of nuclear disarmament (the specific topic is announced on February 1 each year).
Deadline
Entry Fee
15$
Top Prize
$500
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The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest
The 2017 contest is now open! Theme: Beach Life $500 1st Prize, $250 2nd Prize, $100 3rd Prize The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest is sponsored by Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach, DE Each story must incorporate the chosen theme and also have a strong connection to Rehoboth Beach (writers do not have to live in Rehoboth). A panel of judges select the best entries, which are published in a professionally designed and edited paperback book.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1000
Additional Prize
Marketing
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Adventure Writers Competition
We are the only contest we know of that focuses on Adventure Writing! No vampires or romance novels to compete with here! Whether you write like the Grand Master himself, Clive Cussler, or have your own action-packed style - get onboard and enter your novel in the contest!
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$15000
Additional Prize
And publishing contract
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Drue Heinz Literature Prize
The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The winner will be announced in December or January. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$650
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Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
The 2018 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest is underway! Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Sixth Annual Great American Fiction Contest. The winning story will be published in the January/February 2018 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $500. Five runners-up will each receive $100 and will also have their stories featured online.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$500
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Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers
The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.
Deadline
Entry Fee
12$
Top Prize
$0
Additional Prize
Printed work
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Londnr Magazine New Voices Competition
Spread the Word is pleased to be supporting Londnr Magazine to find new, exciting writers for the first print edition of their magazine. It’s a chance for London writers to take a subject that they are passionate about and make it compelling for other readers. Committed to promoting talented emerging writers, Londnr is now seeking new voices to join their staff writers. This competition is an excellent opportunity for London-based writers (or writers with access to London) to gain broad exposure to their work and join a vibrant community of creatives at Londnr Magazine.
Deadline
Entry Fee
5$
Top Prize
$1000
Additional Prize
And publication by writer magazine
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Spring Cleaning Contest
Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’re encouraging our readers to do a little spring cleaning of their own…in their draft folders. Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Don’t have a draft in progress? Clean out your “idea bank” and write a new one!
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$350
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Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story Contest
We’re looking for talented young writers like you for the 2017 Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story Contest! Think you can write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? $3,000 worth of prizes ($1,500 in cash and in-person creative writing classes valued at $1,500 in addition). Top 15 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books' independent publishing. Winners in both categories will get 3-months of free enrollment in the Lune Spark Creative Writing class held on every Saturday (in Cary, North Carolina) starting in September, 2017.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$50000
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St. Francis College Literary Prize
The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1000
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Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series.The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts.
Deadline
Entry Fee
30$
Top Prize
$130
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Segora International Writing Competition
No identification should appear on the submissions, therefore please include a separate cover sheet with your contact details: name, address, Tel and email and a list of your titles, including word count. Your stories may be from a minimum of 1,500 words to a maximum of 3,000 words.
Deadline
Entry Fee
12$
Top Prize
$1500
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Linda Flowers Literary Award
The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of our trustees from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with her, she taught us many things. Above all, Linda showed us what it means to live by one's belief that "the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else... [it must ] be recognize[d] and nurture[d]... to realize more fully the potential of the human spirit." The Linda Flowers Literary Award is intended for a literary work that demonstrates these powers of recognition.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$300
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IUPUI Poetry Contest
The IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and the IUPUI Department of English invite all high school age students within the state of Indiana to participate in the IUPUI Poetry Contest. First, second, and third-place winners will receive a monetary award, publication of their poem on our website, and are eligible to receive a $1500 scholarship upon enrollment at IUPUI. All poetry contest applicants may receive additional scholarships upon being admitted to IUPUI based upon their academic and financial aid qualifications
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$5000
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Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
The fifth annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize, to be awarded in January 2018, will honor a debut novel set in the American South. The Prize is intended to encourage emerging writers, whether published by established publishing houses, by small independent publishers, or self-published.The winner of the Crook’s Corner Book writing competition will receive $5,000 and a free glass of wine at Crook’s Corner every day for a year.
Deadline
Entry Fee
35$
Top Prize
$10000
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Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its ninth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1300
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The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2017
This prize was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative. The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review.
Deadline
June 14, 2017
Entry Fee
8$
Top Prize
$400
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British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition
Each year, the BCSA runs a writing competition. Fact or fiction – both are welcome. A first prize of £300 and a second prize of £100 are awarded to the best 1,500 to 2,000-word pieces of original writing in English on the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics (at any stage in their history), or describing society in transition in the Republics since 1989. Topics can include history, politics, the sciences, economics, the arts or literature.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$100000
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2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Unlike many literary awards, which are coronations for a successful career or body of work, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award was created to both honor the poet and provide the resources that allow artists to continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft. “Because the award comes to you at mid-career, and is supposed to be a stepping stone and not a tombstone, it nerves you up to try to write up to the mark already set by the previous winners,” said Tom Sleigh,
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$11000
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University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize has been offered annually since 2014. On behalf of the University, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. The 2017 prize will be announced in September 2017 and prize winners and short-list will be notified prior to that.
Deadline
Entry Fee
15$
Top Prize
$10000
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Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer.
Deadline
December 12, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$5000
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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $750, and a third prize of $500. In addition, at the end of the year, the winners will have their entries re-judged, and a grand prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000.
Deadline
December 29, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1500
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Del Sol Press - First Novel Competition
Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
30$
Top Prize
$1300
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Yeovil International Literary Prize
We have pleasure in launching our 14th Yeovil Literary Prize. We offer an international writing competition full of opportunity for all aspiring and established writers. What started as a small competition, as a way to raise the profile of the arts in the town of Yeovil in the West Country of England, has grown into a vibrant hub for literature and has lead to our partnership in the Yeovil Literary Festival.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$880
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Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young People
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world
Deadline
June 14, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$5000
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James Laughlin Award
Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. The award was endowed in 1995 by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust. It is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914-1997), who founded New Directions in 1936. The winner receives a prize of $5,000, an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members.
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$650
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Grindstone Literary New Year Short Story Competition
Here at Grindstone, we know the importance of feedback, which is why we provide it for every competition entry - without exception. 2017 Summer Novel Opening Competition ​1st Prize: £250 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50 4th & 5th Prize: Free Critical Overview by our Editorial Team on a piece of writing of your choice.
Deadline
May 28, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$6500
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The Bridport Prize
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas. Over £18,000 in prize money One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
13$
Top Prize
$400
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Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition
In our quest to offer new authors a stage we are hosting a Short Story Competition. Entries close May 31, 2017 and are 3,000 words maximum. The competition is open to new authors only which means an author who has never been published and never been self-published at the time of entry.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$10000
Additional Prize
Runner up cash prizes
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Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2016 we published 21 poems that had been submitted to the contest from just over 4,000 entries.
Deadline
July 15, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$1200
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Mudfish Poetic Prize
The 13th Annual Mudfish Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. Our judge this year is Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz. Enter now for your chance to win $1200 and have your work accepted for publication in Mudfish. Philip Schultz founded The Writers Studio in 1987. His book Failure won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2008.
Deadline
July 15, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$1250
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Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Judge: Fiona Sampson MBE.
Deadline
July 16, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$520
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Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition
Once again the Norwich Writers’ Circle is preparing to launch this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition. This will be our third competition. This year, entries must explore the theme of ‘strangers’. Our adjudicator this year is historical novelist Ralph Jackman.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$0
Additional Prize
Publishing Contract
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Artichoke Press First Annual Publishing Contest
The Artichoke publishing competition runs from March 1 and finishes July 30, 2017. Round one runs from March 1st, till April 30th, where contestants will submit a synopsis of their book and the first chapter. The second round is held until June 30th and authors will submit their completed manuscript. The third round will be a personal interview with the judges. The first prize is a full publishing contract worth $1600 with additional editing, coaching and one-on-one services. Grand prizes include half price publishing and editing services worth $800.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1000
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Literal Latte Poetry Award
Literal Latté currently offers five — count ’em, FIVE — annual writing contests. The deadline dates given below apply every year, so there’s always a contest just around the corner. All entries will be considered for publication.
Deadline
July 15, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$650
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Green Alphabet Writing Competition
Flipside has launched a writing competition suitable for all ages. Choose any letter of the alphabet and use it however you like in a piece of writing with a green theme. The submission can be both a poem or a prose and can include visual art. It has to refer to the environment! First prize: £500 adults (16+); £200 for under 16s. All entries will be considered for inclusion in an anthology. Poems should be no more than 40 lines, prose no more than 500 words.
Deadline
Entry Fee
4$
Top Prize
$2000
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William Faulkner Literary Competition
Thanks to the generous donation of former Union County resident Eric Saul, now living in Tennessee, the contest includes the categories of Novel, One Act Play, Poetry, Adult Short Story, and Student Short Story. The inclusion of New Albany on the Southern Literary Trail, thanks to William Faulkner and Borden Deal, shows that there is a growing awareness of the literary history and potential of this area.
Deadline
July 31, 2017
Entry Fee
50$
Top Prize
$1300
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To Hull & Back Humorous Short Story Competition
Welcome! August 2016 sees the launch of the fourth ‘To Hull And Back' Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner.
Deadline
July 31, 2017
Entry Fee
9$
Top Prize
$1500
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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Now in its 17th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. The contest opens each year April 1 - May 15 and prizewinners are published in the following fall issue in October.
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
17$
Top Prize
$2000
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Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry
Lynx House is an independent non-profit publisher devoted to extending and enhancing the cultural conversation through the publication of fine poetry and fiction. The 2017 Blue Lynx Prize, $2000 plus publication for a full-length volume of poems, is open for submissions through May 15. See the contest guidelines on our submissions page.
Deadline
Entry Fee
28$
Top Prize
$280
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Sweek writing competition: #Tomorrow
TOMORROW. There is always so much more to this word. Your future can be exciting, uncertain or promising. Let your dreams, fears or expectations inspire you for a story (real or fictional;)) to participate in our next writing competition! Whatever it is, the future holds amazing stories and we’re excited to read them! All genres; all forms; fiction and nonfiction.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$15000
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Leeway Foundation - Transformation Awards
The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.Has lived for the past two or more years in the Delaware Valley region: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1000
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Breakwater Review - Peseroff Prize
Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” When submitting multiple poems, include each poem on a separate page in the same document. Please keep submissions to no more than 5 pages. Poems should be previously unpublished. The winner and finalists will be published in our September issue.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$130
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1000 Word Challenge
At 1000 word challenge we love a good short story and we’d love to hear yours. A new competition with a different theme every three months - all you have to do is send us your story of up to 1000 words.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$1300
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Exit Earth' Short Story Competition
From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Pick up your pen. Bulldoze the borders. Break free. The STORGY Short Story Competition is here! We need you!
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
13$
Top Prize
$200
Additional Prize
And copies of your book
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Palooka Press
We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren't looking for a particular aesthetic. We're willing to give anything a fair chance. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 30-50 pages, but we're flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. Prize also includes $200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on our website, chapbook sent out for review and promotion
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1000
Additional Prize
And publishing contract
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Boa Short Fiction Prize
Since its founding in 2010, the BOA Short Fiction prize has been awarded to six of the most exciting and unique voices in American fiction. As with all BOA fiction titles, our prize-winning short story collections are more concerned with the artfulness of writing than the twists and turns of plot. It is our belief that short story writing is a valuable and underserved literary form that we are proud to support, nurture, and celebrate.
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$1000
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Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize
Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.
Deadline
August 15, 2017
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$2500
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The Bath Novel Award
The Bath Novel Award was established in 2013 to support and spotlight unsigned novelists around the world. We’re known for our track record in helping writers find literary agent representation; all our 2016 shortlistees were snapped up by literary agents and one signed a six figure publishing deal. Read more about Bath listed writers’ success
Deadline
May 24, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$6500
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Birdport Prize Short Stories
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas. Over £18,000 in prize money One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
13$
Top Prize
$1500
Additional Prize
And publishing contract
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Salamander 2016 Fiction Prize
Salamander 2017 Fiction Prize First Prize: $1,000 and Publication Second Prize: $500 and Publication Final Judge: Christopher Castellani
Deadline
Entry Fee
15$
Top Prize
$1300
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Birdport Prize Flash Fiction
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1300
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The Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas. Over £18,000 in prize money. One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
Deadline
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$1000
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Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction
All stories in English no more than 8,000 words are eligible. No minimum word count. Stories published previously in print or online venues are eligible if published after January 1, 2011. Stories can be submitted by authors, editors, publishers, and agents. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. Each individual story must be submitted separately, with separate payment regardless of word count. Eckleburg editors, staff, interns and current students of The Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for entry
Deadline
June 01, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1000
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Travel Writing Contest - Nowhere Magazine
Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…
Deadline
June 01, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$6500
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Birdport Prize Poems
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas. Over £18,000 in prize money One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
12$
Top Prize
$250
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Bellevue Literary Review
The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.
Deadline
June 01, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$260
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Mere Literary Festival Biennial Poetry Competition
Write a poem on any topic of no more than 40 lines for a chance to win a cash prize.
Deadline
June 26, 2017
Entry Fee
4$
Top Prize
$650
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Dorset Fiction Award
Welcome to the Dorset Fiction Award's bi-annual short story competition! We're looking for short stories, fewer than one thousand words in any genre and topic. So if you are a fanatic writer, or perhaps have lying dormant within you the creative flare to produce something brilliant -- then enter. See our full details page for all the information.
Deadline
June 10, 2017
Entry Fee
9$
Top Prize
$0
Additional Prize
Trip & published
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Eyelands International Short Story Competition
The theme of the contest this year is «Strange love affairs». The prize for the first winner is a week holiday on the island of Crete. The first three winners will see their stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English). All the stories of the Short List will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strangedays books.
Deadline
June 20, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$130
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Grindstone Literary Poetry Competition - 2017 Open Poetry Competition
This open poetry competition challenges you to be as creative as you can. We want to be moved by something. Make us happy, make us sad, transport us to another time and place if you want to. There are no restrictions on form, style or subject, so go wild and push the boat out. Show us something we've never seen before and become a Grindstone Winner.
Deadline
June 28, 2017
Entry Fee
5$
Top Prize
$1000
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American Short Fiction Contest
The American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words—is now open for submissions. This year we are honored to have Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies (Obama’s favorite book of 2015), as our guest judge. Submit your story through our online submission manager today!
Deadline
June 01, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$1300
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Bath Flash Fiction Award
We host two international flash fiction writing competitions; the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Entrants have the opportunity to appear in our print and digital books. We own a small press, Ad Hoc Fiction, which publishes quality books and also runs a weekly micro-fiction contest. In addition, we organise the UK's annual Flash Fiction Festival in association with Arts Council England.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$2000
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Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
This annual national short fiction contest features a first place $2,000 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner on Friday, October 13th, on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $500; and third place cash prize of $250. The first place story will be published in the print issue of Fall 2017 of Philadelphia Stories; the second and third place winning stories will appear in the Fall 2017 online issue. The Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction is made possible by the generous support of the McGlinn and Hansma families.
Deadline
June 15, 2017
Entry Fee
15$
Top Prize
$1000
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New American Press - New American Fiction Prize
The New American Poetry Prize is awarded each year to a full-length collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author's copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually September 1 - January 31. The New American Fiction Prize is awarded each year to a full-length fiction manuscript, such as a story collection, novel, novella(s), or something that blends forms, like a novel in verse. The winner receives $1,000 and a book contract, as well as 25 author's copies and promotional support. The submission period is usually February 15 - June 15.
Deadline
June 15, 2017
Entry Fee
25$
Top Prize
$650
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Wundor Poetry Contest
At Wundor, our aim is to champion interesting, unusual writing in all its forms. Poetry, unfortunately, is currently one of the more neglected, too often dismissed as old-fashioned and elitist. We know this isn't true, and we hope that our contest will help to restore poetry to ts rightful place. The theme of our inaugural poetry contest will be 'Spring', and we encourage entrants to approach it in innovative and interesting ways. It is a theme that will never get old, but which must be kept fresh in our minds. Your poem might focus on Spring or mention it, but the season must play an important part in the poem.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
12$
Top Prize
$650
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The Newcomer Prize for Short Stories
We're always working to discover new authors and new stories to publish alongside our regular contributors. The Newcomer Prize is part of this: it's a short story competition only open to authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. We welcome the same range of literary and crossover genre fiction to the Newcomer Prize that we feature in the pages of our anthologies. I The winners of last year's Newcomer Prize appear in our latest anthology, Separations.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$550
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Gem Street' Dystopia Competition
We accept short stories containing a maximum of 3,500 words to be considered for our next 'Gem Street' anthology. The theme is Dystopia - please see our latest post on the News page for an in-depth overview. Open to all genres. All styles. New and established writers are welcome.
Deadline
July 14, 2017
Entry Fee
8$
Top Prize
$1000
Additional Prize
Internship with Enchanting Travels
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Enchanting Travels Travel Writer Award 2017!
Enchanting Travels is one of the leading travel companies for private, tailor-made trips. We offer custom, tailor-made journeys to 32 destinations in Africa, South America, Asia and India. We are convinced that traveling should be inspiring and therefore invite you to share your personal travel experiences with us. Any student aged between 18 to 32 years who is studying any of the following subject themes, or similar: Tourism, English, Journalism, Literature, Geography, Anthropology, History.
Deadline
Entry Fee
1$
Top Prize
$1300
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The Brighton Prize
The Brighton Prize exists to find inventive new writing. We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening. Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page.If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it. If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.
Deadline
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$1000
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The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award
The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award is offered to any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages. $1,000 is offered to the winning manuscript. Our Founding Director, Debra Leigh Scott, named this award after one of her most beloved professors of creative writing and film at Temple University in Philadelphia. "He was one of the most deeply committed and generous educators with whom I've ever been blessed to work," she said. "Bill somehow managed to know what his young writers were trying to do, even before they did.
Deadline
June 30, 2017
Entry Fee
17$
Top Prize
$500
Additional Prize
Trip and Tuition
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Marianne Russo Award
The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress). Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program*, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. Runners-up for each award will also be offered financial assistance packages.
Deadline
June 30, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$2000
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Engine Books Fiction Prize
Winner receives a $2,000 advance (new! more money!) and publication by Engine Books. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Submit your complete manuscript, a cover letter describing your book and including your bio, and your $30 entry fee by clicking below. Deadline: June 30, 2017
Deadline
Entry Fee
30$
Top Prize
$14000
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Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a biennial poetry competition based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The competition invites submissions of poems in English from anywhere in the world. Poems must be no more than 40 lines long. All entries must be unpublished and original works of the author. All entries must be submitted online using entry form.
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$130
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The 'Fantastic Female Fable' Competition 2017 Competition
We are looking for stories that feature the power and energy of womankind in all its myriad forms. The topic is 'female strength'. If you want inspiration, share this post on social media (using the handy buttons below) and ask your friends for their thoughts.
Deadline
September 03, 2017
Entry Fee
7$
Top Prize
$100
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2017 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Contests
Submissions are invited for the 2017 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Writing Contest. Our goals are to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression. Authors, researchers, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Awards will be presented at Oz, the National Convention, on August 5 in Orland Park, Illinois.
Deadline
June 15, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$3000
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Baum Book Prize 2017
One for indie authors. Henry and Cate Baum, founders of indie book companies Self-Publishing Review and Kwill Books, have set up a fund for one author to receive an entirely free book publication and marketing deal with Kwill Books starting in October 2017. This is to encourage talent in authors who do not have money to spend on marketing to see what they can achieve with a full-range publishing service and individual attention. The competition organisers are looking for diverse and interesting fiction or non-fiction books of any genre including poetry and children’s books.
Deadline
August 31, 2017
Entry Fee
20$
Top Prize
$1300
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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition
The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to launch its 2017 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world! The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:
Deadline
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$3000
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Real Simple's Life Lessons Essay Contest
Maybe you had to move cross-country after being relocated for a job, opening up new possibilities along with fears. Or maybe you needed to sell your house or leave an apartment before you expected to. How did that situation influence the rest of your life? If one unavoidable shift changed your world—for good and bad—in enduring ways, write it down and share it with Real Simple. Enter Real Simple's ninth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.
Deadline
September 26, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$100
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Blue Mountain Arts - Thirtieth Biannual Poetry Card Contest Poems
Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write. Poems are judged on the basis of originality and uniqueness. English-language entries only, please. Enter as often as you like!
Deadline
June 30, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$2500
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Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017
All entries must be in English. Poems must each be no longer than 45 lines. All entries must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) and must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online.
Deadline
Entry Fee
8$
Top Prize
$0
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Amy Award
Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.
Deadline
June 01, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$10000
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Marfield Prize
The Marfield Prize, also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, recognizes the author of an outstanding nonfiction book about the visual, literary, media, or performing arts first published in the United States during the previous calendar year. Established to generate broader interest in the arts among general readers, the award celebrates prose that is clear and inspiring, creating a strong connection with the arts and artists. First given in 2006, the prize’s endowment was established by longtime Arts Club member Jeannie S. Marfield in honor of Florence Berryman and Helen Wharton.
Deadline
October 01, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1000
Additional Prize
And publishing contract
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New Voices Award
The PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities. The PEN International/New Voices Award builds on these ideas, simultaneously reconnecting with our past and moving into the future. The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local PEN Centre: PEN International cannot receive entries directly from candidates.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$2500
Additional Prize
And trip
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Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2017
The competition is organised by Mslexia, the British magazine for women who write. Poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject. Poems should be in English (or English dialect) and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Additional information: The winning entry receives a $2500 cash prize, plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the beautiful Cove Park, in Argyll and Bute, plus a one-to-one mentoring session with Seren Poetry Editor, Amy Wack. As well as the top three prizes, 17 runners up will receive £25, plus every prize winner is published in Mslexia Magazine.
Deadline
June 19, 2017
Entry Fee
9$
Top Prize
$30000
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The Bard Fiction Prize
What Is the Bard Fiction Prize? The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.
Deadline
June 15, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$260
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Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Entries must not exceed 1200 words. Entries should be in the form of a short story, on any theme, and written in English. Prizes: 1st = £200, 2nd = £100 and 3rd = £50. A fee of £5 is required per entry. Multiple entries are acceptable. This competition is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world, including members of Wrekin Writers who are not involved in the competition administration or judging process.
Deadline
July 10, 2017
Entry Fee
7$
Top Prize
$0
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PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017
The PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017 is now open until May 26, 2017. Eligibility: under 16s Write a short story, which has been started by the author Hilary Robinson. The winner will receive a set of signed books by Hilary Robinson, an Amazon Kindle and a VIP tour at one of the charity’s Pet Hospitals to meet Hilary, and the charity’s vets, nurses and pet patients.
Deadline
May 26, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$13000
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Manchester Fiction Prize
£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Deadline
September 29, 2017
Entry Fee
22$
Top Prize
$2500
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NUHA Foundation Blogging Prize
Welcome to the 2017 edition of NUHA's annual writing competition! The competition has been established as an international platform to debate issues of education and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence. Absolutely anyone can participate, and three prizes are on offer, together with Matched Prizes for teachers, schools and registered educational charities: Young Writers Prize of up to US$ 250 for those born between 2003 and 2007 Youth Prize of up to US$ 1000 for those born between 1999 and 2002 Adult Prize of up to US$ 2500 for those born before 1999.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1000
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Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize
Benjamin Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society, to inform, and stimulate debate. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted here and also published online by media partner, The Telegraph. The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is endowed by Benjamin Franklin House Chairman John Studzinski, a leading executive and philanthropist.
Deadline
October 31, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$5000
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W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.
Deadline
December 01, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$520
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Frome Festival Short Story
It’s that time of year again! The 2017 competition opens on January 1st. We received some amazing stories in 2016 – check out the winners by clicking on the link below left. Thank you to all the writers – local, national and world-wide – who continue to support Frome Festival Short Story Competition. We love receiving your stories and look forward to a bumper crop in 2017.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
10$
Top Prize
$2000
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FutureScapes Writing Contest
Write your story, change the world FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future, and tell us its story. We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow.
Deadline
October 13, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$260
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Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2017 is about to be launched so now is the time to release that inner poet and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and send us your poems, limericks, ballads, odes, haikus, whatever! This is the 11th year of the Competition which has grown considerably from those early days. It has become a respected competition worldwide and a major part of the Festival year. Last year saw entries from all over the world alongside many from local poets and the longlisted poems are published each year in an anthology, copies of which are available from the Festival Office.
Deadline
June 30, 2017
Entry Fee
7$
Top Prize
$10000
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Young Lions Fiction Award
Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner.
Deadline
December 30, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$200
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Sussex Chanctonbury Cup
Submit a poem of up to 50 lines. All entrants must be living, working or studying in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton.
Deadline
Entry Fee
6$
Top Prize
$100
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Write the World - Mystery Writing Competition
From unsolved crimes to detective whodunits to Private Eye escapades—it’s no mystery that mysteries are among the most popular books on the shelf. They reel us in with intrigue, keep us guessing with red herrings, shock us with revelations. This month, dear writers, thrill us with your thrillers, and keep us turning pages with your own tales of suspense.
Deadline
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$2000
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The Dragonfly Short Story Competition
This year, our theme for the main competition is Journey. Ever since tea chests began travelling along the fabelled spice routes, the little green leaf has been at the heart of many a journey -- from journeys of the mind, to journeys of the spirit, and of course grand journeys across the land. For our children's competition, entries are considered in three age categories (ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-15) with winners receiving book vouchers for themselves and their schools. The theme for these marvelous tales will be Maps.
Deadline
July 31, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1000
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Wells Festival of Literature Competitions - Short Story, Poetry and Children´s book categories
This year, to celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we have raised the prize money to 1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200 in all three categories. We are continuing to offer the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £100 and the Wyvern local short story prize, also £100. In addition there will be a £100 local prize in the Book for Children category.
Deadline
June 30, 2017
Entry Fee
7$
Top Prize
$10000
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Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. For 82 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for social justice. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.
Deadline
May 08, 2017
Entry Fee
Free
Top Prize
$1300
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The Reflex Fiction competition
A quarterly flash fiction competition for works between 180 and 360 words.
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Entry Fee
9$
Top Prize
$1300
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Winchester Poetry Prize
Winchester Poetry Prize aims to surprise and delight. Following its launch in 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize is now an annual competition. This year we are very pleased to welcome Sarah Howe as a our judge.
Deadline
July 31, 2017
Entry Fee
6$
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