Writing Contests

Rhino Poetry 2015 Founder's Prize. Deadline: October 31, 2014

Writing contests offer writers the opportunity to earn recognition in the publishing field. Contest sponsors may submit their guidelines at Submit Your Announcement.

  • The Missouri Review-Editors' Prize

    Deadline: October 1, 2014
    Entry Fee: $20.00 per entry

    This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers. All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2015. See website for more information.



  • Negative Capability Press Poetry Book Contest

    Deadline: October 15, 2014; Entry Fee: $25

    Negative Capability Press Invites Poets to submit manuscripts of 75-125 pages. A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. The final judge is Amy King of New York. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication. Complete guidelines

  • The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

    Deadline: October 15, 2014

    The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards about $54,000 annually to a poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work. Recent recipients have been published poets, but the scholarship is even open to unpublished poets. There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at a university or college. For further details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.


    Choate, Hall and Stewart

  • The Black River Chapbook Competition

    Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. The annual deadlines for the prize are May 31 for the Spring contest (we accept entries starting on April 1) and October 31 for the Fall contest (we accept entries starting on September 1). See website for more information.


    Kit Frick

  • RHINO Poetry 2015 Founder's Prize

    Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014
    Entry Fee: $10

    1st Prize - 1 winner will receive $300 and publication in the 2015 issue.
    2nd Prize - 2 runners-up will receive $50 and publication in the 2015 issue.
    The poems selected will be posted to our website. Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total). Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number as well as titles of the poems. See website for more information.


    Andrew Timmons

  • Darker Times Fiction Short Story Competitio​n

    Deadline: Open Year Round

    Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. They accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'darker times.' The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Entry fee of £5 required for each submission. See website for more information and complete guidelines.


    Jessica Coleman