Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest: Deadline: September 1, 2014

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

  • The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

    Deadline: July 31, 2014; Entry Fee: €15 or £15

    The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, an international short story competition run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, is currently open for submissions. The winner of the first prize will receive €2,000 (approx $2760/£1640), publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Second Prize is €500 and publication in Southword. Four other shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Complete guidelines

    Jennifer Matthews
    Administrative Assistant
    The Munster Literature Centre
    Frank O'Connor House
    84 Douglas Street
    Cork, Ireland
    +21 431 2955

  • The Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York

    Deadline:: August 1, 2014; Readers Fee: $15

    The Southern Humanities Review has announced a call for submissions for the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York, an award-winning poet who died unexpectedly at age 40 in 2012. First prize includes $1000, publication in Southern Humanities Review, and an invitation to read at the 2014 Auburn Writers Conference. Two runners-up and three-five honorable mentions will also be named. All submissions will be considered for publication in Southern Humanities Review. Complete Guidelines


    Southern Humanities Review

  • The St. Lawrence Book Award

    Deadline: August 31, 2014; Entry Fee: $25
    Early Bird Deadline: June 30; Entry Fee: $20

    Black Lawrence Press presents The St. Lawrence Book Award for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. This award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Complete guidelines .


    Black Lawrence Publishing
    326 Bigham Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15211

  • Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest

    Deadline: September 1, 2014; $20 entry fee

    BWR is considering fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and is honored to have Lily Hoang, Kiese Laymon, and Richard Siken as our guest judges. In past years, there was a grand prize of $1000 for each of the three genres; to celebrate a decade of contests, BWR is adding $100 runner-up prizes for each category as well. In addition to the prize money, winners will receive publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Your $20 entry fee also buys you a year-long subscription to BWR, so be sure to enter by September 1, 2014! For details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/


    Robert Hitt, ed.

  • Negative Capability Press Poetry Book Contest

    Deadline: October 15, 2014; Entry Fee: $25

    Negative Capability Press Invites Poets to submit manuscripts of 75-125 pages. A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. The final judge is Amy King of New York. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication. Complete guidelines

  • Darker Times Fiction Short Story Competitio​n

    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