Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest: Deadline: September 1, 2014

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

  • Alabama Launchpad Poetry Contest

    Deadline: August 29, 2014

    In partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) Foundation is holding a state-wide poetry contest. Contestants are asked to submit an original composition on the theme of innovation and creativity in Alabama. Three finalists will be asked to present their work at the Innovation Awards Ceremony Dinner, September 25, where the evening’s attendees will vote on the winner. The winner will be announced the following day at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, named Poet Laureate of the 2014 conference, and asked to read his/her winning entry as part of the day’s activities. Click Click here for complete guidelines.


    Jessica Moody

  • The St. Lawrence Book Award

    Deadline: August 31, 2014; Entry Fee: $25
    Early Bird Deadline: June 30; Entry Fee: $20

    Black Lawrence Press presents The St. Lawrence Book Award for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. This award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Complete guidelines .


    Black Lawrence Publishing
    326 Bigham Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15211

  • Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest

    Deadline: September 1, 2014; $20 entry fee

    BWR is considering fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and is honored to have Lily Hoang, Kiese Laymon, and Richard Siken as our guest judges. In past years, there was a grand prize of $1000 for each of the three genres; to celebrate a decade of contests, BWR is adding $100 runner-up prizes for each category as well. In addition to the prize money, winners will receive publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Your $20 entry fee also buys you a year-long subscription to BWR, so be sure to enter by September 1, 2014! For details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/


    Robert Hitt, ed.

  • 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

  • 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