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.

  • $3,500 first-place prize
    All pieces considered for Summer 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue
    Whether a scientific perspective that illuminates ideas about sustainable human adaptation and climate change, or more personal accounts of major life transitions, stories of adaptation are a huge part of our current global consciousness. We're looking for original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens.

    Submission Deadline: January 9, 2017
    Contact: Matt Spindler

  • Do you love to write? Do you write about love? Well, I bet you kinda like cash too. Here is a chance to combine all three loves at once. You've got some time. Deadline is February 14, Valentine's Day 2016. And, who knows, if you show your work to your significant other, you just might get a little love.


    Sam Hiyate

  • The Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Young Writers’ Literary Awards is open to all Alabama students in grades 6 – 8. Categories include poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. First Place: $100; Second Place: $75; Third Place: $50.

    ASFA’s Aspiring Minds Poetry contests are designed to spotlight talented high school poets in specific areas of the state. Region 1: Lauderdale, Colbert, and Lawrence; Region 2: Birmingham City Schools; Region 3: Hale, Perry, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, and Marengo. Deadlines: February 28, 2016.

    TJ Beitelman
    Chair, Creative Writing Department
    Alabama School of Fine Arts
    1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
    Birmingham, AL 35203
    205.252.9241 x 2276

  • Reading Period: February 21-March 11, 2016
    For the third year, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a haiku contest for all Alabama residents.
    Running three weeks, there is a youth contest for those 13-high school senior, and an adult contest for those 18+. The judges are members of the Southeast chapter of the Haiku Society of America. Entries may be emailed (bplhaiku@gmail.com) or tweeted in (@bplhaiku), but all entrants must register.

  • Lillian Smith Book Awards

    Lillian Smith Book Awards

    UGa Libraries are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Lillian Smith Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 18, 2016. The Lillian Smith Book Awards are most interested in works that deal with race, social justice, civil and human rights, the education and socialization of young people, breaking silence among repressed groups and matters that are notably significant or of special interest affecting the changing South. See website for more information


    Vivian Lovern, Administrative Specialist
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    Russell Special Collections Building, 3rd Floor
    University of Georgia Libraries
    FAX: 706-542-0672

  • Reading Period: May 1-July 31.
    The Speculative Literature Foundation currently offers four grants: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers’ Grant, and the Diversity Grant. All of our grants are free to apply and are designed as ‘gateway’ grants, with easy and straightforward applications that should be quick to complete. We hope that they will both serve the community directly, and also encourage genre writers to explore the wide variety of grants, awards, and residencies available in the larger writing community. See website for more information.


    Ravi Howard