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 London Magazine's Short Story Competition

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2014
    Entry Fee: $10.00 per short story
    Prizes: £500, £300 & £200

    The London Magazine is always looking for new voices from across the world. Their competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The winners will be announced at a champagne reception in the House of Commons in early 2015 and the event will be an excellent networking opportunity for aspiring writers. See website for more information.



  • 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    Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length.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 Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).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

  • Palaver Journal's Flash Fiction Contest - Scary Stories

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2014

    Flash Fiction Contest – Scary Stories: Scare them in 999 words or fewer. Palaver is the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s online interdisciplinary journal. They publish creative and academic work. See website for more information.

    Palaver Journal

  • Walt Whitman Award

    Deadline: November 1, 2014
    Entry Fee: $35.00

    The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet. The winning manuscript is published by Graywolf Press. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy. In addition, the Academy of American Poets purchases copies of the winning book for distribution to thousands of its members. The winner also receives a trip to New York City to attend the American Poets Prizes ceremony. The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets. See website for more information.



  • "Ridiculously Good Life" Essay Contest

    Application Deadline: November 5, 2014

    Participants will be asked to answer the question “What is your inspiration for a ridiculously good life?” Submissions must be 250 words or less. Participants are required to submit a photo of themselves to be used on social media and other outlets. A winner will be chosen from each of the three categories: Adult (Age 21 and over), Young Adult (Ages 16-20), and Children (Ages 15 and under). Winners from each category will receive 2 tickets to the Bay Jubilee event, one copy of “Love Without Limits” and a t-shirt. See website for more information.

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    Karin Wilson

  • Aldridge Repertory Theatre's 1st Annual One-Act Play Competition

    Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
    Entry Fee: $10.00
    Prize: $250.00

    All participants must be a current resident of Birmingham. All submissions must be an original work that has not been produced, published or performed anywhere, including formal staged readings. No more than one (1) script per playwright. All entries must be accompanied by a submission form. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive the opportunity to produce a staged reading with Aldridge Repertory Theatre as part of the regular season. See website for more information.

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  • The Rialto Nature of Poetry Competition 2014

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
    Entry Fee: £6 for your first poem £3.50 for each subsequent poem
    Prizes: 1st PRIZE: £1000, 2nd PRIZE: £500, and 3rd PRIZE: A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2015 (worth £550)

    As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. RSPB is working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as they feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries. See website for more information.

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  • 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