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.

  • Entry fee: £7 for each submitted flash fiction, £8 for each submitted poem, £9 for each submitted short story
    Grand prizes: Poetry, £5,000; Short story, £5,000; Flash fiction, £1,000
    Deadline: May 31st, 2015

    The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. However, we do not recommend poems and stories written for children. Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any other competition. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    kate@bridportprize.org.uk

  • Entry fee: $10
    Prizes: 1st - $350, BookBaby Publishing Package ($579 value); 2nd - $250; 3rd - $150; 20 Winners receive Amazon Gift Cards
    Judge: Literary Agent Vicki Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
    Deadline: May 31st, 2015

    WOW! Women On Writing invites entries to its Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest. They are seeking short fiction of any genre, ranging from 250 to 750 words. Email submissions only; reprints and multiple submissions are okay. Writers retain copyrights to their work. Open internationally. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    Angela Mackintosh
    contestinfo@wow-womenonwriting.com

  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2015
    Entry Fee: none
    First Prize: $300
    Second Prize: $100
    Third Prize:$50

    Entries to the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) Short Story contest must be set in a tourist attraction in the Huntsville, Alabama, metro area, must use a creative angle to encourage readers to visit the Huntsville area, and cannot exceed 2,000 words. The winner will be announced on or around July 1, 2015. The winning story will be published online at SELTI.org and ihearthsv.com. SELTI receives first time electronic publication rights, and the author retains all other rights.

    All entries must be sent to 2015contest@SELTI.org and must include the title of the story followed by "Huntsville Short Story" in the subject line. See Website for more information.

    Contact:
    contactus@selti.org
    Be sure to include "Huntsville Contest Question" in the subject line.

  • Deadline: 5/31/2015
    Reading fee: $15

    Winner receives $100 and 25 copies of his/her winning chapbook. Poems may be previously published if poet retains all rights. Sponsored by the Alabama State Poetry Society. See website for submission guidelines.

    Contact:

    Jerri Hardesty
    New Dawn Unlimited, Inc.
    Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition
    1830 Marvel Road
    Brierfield, AL 35035
    205-665-7904
    wytrabbit1@aol.com
    www.NewDawnUnlimited.com

  • Entry fee: $20
    Prizes: First place - $2000 and publication online, Second place - $200, Third place - $100
    Deadline: July 15th, 2015

    Writers who have not published or self-published a novel at the time of submission are encouraged to submit their short stories to the Masters Review. Stories must come in at under 6,000 words. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    contact@mastersreview.com

  • Entry fee: £10 per entry
    Prizes: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.
    Deadline: August 1st, 2015

    The prize was set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but he sadly died shortly after the novel was published. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with Legend Press to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.

    Submissions must be adult fiction, and only completed novels will be considered. See the Legend Press website for more information.

    Contact:
    bitmeadbursary@legendpress.co.uk

  • Entry fee: $20
    Grand prize: $1,500 and publication
    Judge: National Book Award Finalist Roger Bonair-Agard
    Deadline: August 20th, 2015

    The entry fee covers up to three poems with up to 150 lines per poem. The New Guard no longer accepts submissions by post, so please submit your poems via the online portal. Writers can submit as many contest entries as they like, as often as they like. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    info@newguardreview.com

  • Entry fee: $20
    Grand prize: $1,500 and publication
    Judge: Adam Braver
    Deadline: August 20th, 2015

    The entry fee covers up to 5,000 words: anything from flash fiction to long stories. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. The New Guard no longer accepts submissions by post, so please submit your entries via the online portal. Writers can submit as many contest entries as they like, as often as they like. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    info@newguardreview.com

  • Entry fee: $20
    Grand prize: $1000 and publication
    Judges: Poetry, Heather Christle; Fiction/Prose, Alissa Nutting; Nonfiction, Mary Roach
    Deadline: September 1st, 2015

    The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems. Writers may submit multiple entries. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. See website for more information.

    Contact:
    Bronwyn Valentine
    205-394-5274
    managingeditor.bwr@gmail.com

  • Entry fee: $5 per entry
    Grand prizes: 1st place - $150, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50
    Contest opens on: June 15th, 2015
    Contest ends on: September 15th, 2015

    The Springfield Writers' Guild 22nd Annual Prose and Poetry Contest will soon be accepting submissions. See website for full submission details.

    Contact:
    Yvonne Erwin
    writer716@gmail.com

  • 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.

    Contact:

    Jessica Coleman
    jessica.grace.coleman@gmail.com
    www.darkertimes.co.uk/