Writing Contests

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

  • Submission Deadline: October 31, 2015

    Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length.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

  • 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