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 Writers Conclave 2014 Contest

    Deadline: April 30, 2014 (postmark date). Entry fee in each category is $5 for members of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and $8 for nonmembers. (Checks should be made to the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and should accompany submissions.) Submissions are now open for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2014 competition. Awards of $100, $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded for the first through fourth place in the following categories (maximum word count is listed for each category): First Novel Chapters (1,500 wds.); Short Story (1,500 wds.); Flash Fiction (500 wds); Juvenile Fiction (1,500 wds); Creative Nonfiction (1,500 wds); Poetry (1,000 wds. may include more than one poem, but total word count may not exceed 1,000 wds.)

    Author name should not appear on the submission nor should any contact information. The submission should include only a title, category, and word count. Submission title, name and contact information should, however, be included on a separate page.

    Submissions should be sent to the contest chair: Dr. Linda Busby Parker, Department of English, University of South Alabama, 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002. Include an SASE if you would like a list of the winners. Awards will be presented at the annual convention in Fairhope, Alabama July 11-13. See website for details about the conference and for information on the contest judges: http://www.alabamawritersconclave.org/

  • The Black River Chapbook Competition

    Reading Period: April 1-May 31, 2013

    Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length.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 twenty-five 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

  • 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.

  • 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