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.

  • Contest opens May 1, 2017. Postmark Deadline: July 15, 2017.

    The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.

    Contact Information:
    nimrod@utulsa.edu

  • THE ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL JOHN AND MIRIAM MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPBOOK COMPETITION. DEADLINE IS MAY 31, 2017. WINNER RECEIVES $100 AND 25 COPIES OF THEIR WINNING CHAPBOOK.

    Poems may be previously published if poet retains all rights. Send 16-24 total pages of poetry, (poems may be longer than one page, but total page count must be 16-24, and no more than one poem per page) with two (2) title pages: one with author identification,
    and one with NO author identification.

    Please send manuscript with a $15 reading fee payable to New Dawn Unlimited, Inc. Mail to:

    NEW DAWN UNLIMITED, INC.
    ASPS 2017 Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition
    1830 Marvel Road
    Brierfield, AL 35035

  • The Frost Place is again offering the Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets.

    This scholarship is open to African American poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry. It covers full tuition, including room and board, to attend The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, July 30 – August 4, 2017.

    The 2017 Gregory Pardlo Scholarship winner will have the opportunity to study at The Frost Place with faculty including Patrick Donnelly, Sandra Lim, Diane Seuss, and poetry fellow Charif Shanahan. The winner will also give a featured reading at the Seminar.

    Deadline:May 31, 2017

    Contact Information
    For more informationvisit www.frostplace.org or
    E-mail: frost@frostplace.org

  • DEADLINE: April 30, 2017

    First Prize: $2,000 and publication
    Second Prize: $1,000 and publication

    The winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and Writing Conference in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

    Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
    Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

    No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing titles, author’s name, full address, phone number, and email. Submitters must be living in the U.S. by October of 2017 to enter the contest.

    Entry Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own $20 fee.

    Contact Email: nimrod@utulsa.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.

    Contact:

    Ravi Howard
    ravihoward@hotmail.com
    http://speculativeliterature.org/grants-and-programs/