Writing contests offer writers the opportunity to earn recognition in the publishing field. Contest sponsors may submit their guidelines at Submit Your Announcement.
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.
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Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length.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.
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 Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).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.
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.
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.
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.
Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
Entry Fee: $10.00
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.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $10.00 per entry
First Place: $100
Second Place: $50
Third Place: $25
Savannah Authors is looking for unpublished prose from writers in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina to be included in A Savannah Anthology 2015. A panel of distinguished publishers, writers, and academics will choose the winners. Your work may be fiction or non-fiction, and must be 5,000 words or less. See website for more information.
Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
Entry Fee: $15.00 per entry
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
The Porter Fleming Literary Competition consists of four categories - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play - and dispenses $7,000 in cash awards. See website for more information.
Application Deadline: February 10, 2015
Entry Fee: $17.00 per entry
Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce their 2015 Literary Contest, with prizes sponsored by Guernica, Fence Magazine, Ninth Letter, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. They are also thrilled to share that through a new collaboration with DISQUIET, the winners of this year's contest will be offered tuition, airfare, and accommodations to the 2015 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Judging the contest are award-winning writers Aimee Bender (fiction) and Brenda Shaughnessy (poetry). See website for more information.
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.
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.