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.

  • Deadline: September 21, 2017
    Contact:Catherine Barry
    E-mail: cmjbarry@earthlink.net

    Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival invite submissions for their Short Story and Poetry Contests. Booker nominee Mike McCormack will judge the short stories. Unpublished work only. 5000 word max for short stories and 50 lines max for poetry.

    Enter here https://losgatoslistowelwritersweek.submittable.com/submit>

  • DEADLINE: September 1st, 2017
    Contact: Cathy Fischer
    E-mail: administrator@tryonartsandcrafts.org

    To embrace and honor the heritage of storytelling in Western North Carolina, Tryon Arts and Crafts School is initiating this exciting National Ghost Story Competition. All the information you need can be found on our website!

  • Submissions are open from April 5-August 15.

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered.

    More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

    Contact Information:
    Name: GK Darby
    E-mail: unopress@uno.edu

  • 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