Writing Contests

Rhino Poetry 2015 Founder's Prize. Deadline: October 31, 2014

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

  • RoseQuill Press-Crappy Query Contest

    Application Deadline: November 21, 2014

    Submit your most hilarious, most awfully, awesome novel queries by midnight, November 21, 2014, Midway Island Time. Who knows, if it’s based on a real manuscript you might even score a request! The Crappy Query Contest does not discriminate on the basis of genre, sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre. See website for more information.

    Mad Hildebrandt

  • Aldridge Repertory Theatre's 1st Annual One-Act Play Competition

    Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
    Entry Fee: $10.00
    Prize: $250.00

    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.

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  •  ARTLines2 Ekphrastic Competition

    Early Bird Application Deadline: November 30, 2014
    Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
    Early Entry Fee: $16.00 for first entry and $10.00 for each additional entry
    Entry Fee: $20.00 for first entry and $16.00 for each additional entry

    Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art. This competition accepts poems in two separate age categories: adult (age 20+) and teens (age 13-19). Five independent judges – Robert Pinsky, David M. Parsons, Patricia Smith, Mary Szybist, and Roberto Tejada – will each select a winner and seven finalists for one of the artworks, totaling five adult winners and thirty-five adult finalists. Writers In The Schools/WITS will judge our free teen competition and select five teen winners. Note: The guidelines, entry fees, and application deadlines are different for the teen competition. See website for more information.

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  • Savannah Anthology 2015 Writing Contest

    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.

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    Alice Vantrease

  • The Big Moose Prize

    Early Bird Application Deadline: November 30, 2014
    Application Deadline: January 31, 2015
    Early Bird Entry Fee: $20.00
    Entry Fee: $25.00

    Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. Past winners include Tracy DeBrincat, Jen Michalski, Betsy Robinson, and Genanne Walsh.

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  • The 2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Contest

    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.

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  • Porter Fleming Literary Competition

    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.

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  • The Rialto Nature of Poetry Competition 2014

    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.

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  •  Creative Nonfiction Magazine Essay Contest--The Weather

    Application Deadline: April 13, 2015
    Entry Fee: $20.00
    First Place $1,000
    Second Place $500

    Send them your true stories—personal, historical, reported—about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever's happening where you are. They're looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us. Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. They're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. See website for more information.

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  • Sequestrum Reprint Award – 2015

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
    Entry Fee: $15.00

    At this time, the contest is only open to prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). In addition to a brief bio, include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter so they can confirm availability should your submission be a finalist. Include a word count in your cover letter. Length and subject are open. One piece per submission. Multiple submissions allowed. Do not include any identifying information on your manuscript, including your name or the original publisher. This information should be in your cover letter. See website for more information.

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  • 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