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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.

  • Deadline: December 14, 2018

    The Hurston/Wright Foundation is accepting submissions for the 2019 Legacy Awards for debut novel, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

    The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award TM honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Legacy Award honorees are selected in a juried competition and celebrated at a ceremony each October.

  • Submission Period: September 1 - December 1, 2018
    Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Multi-Genre
    Categories: Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, Undergraduate

    What’s Old is New: The Fitzgerald Museum Literary Contest

    F. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald were daring and revolutionary in their lives and in their art and writing. Today, one hundred years after the couple first met in Montgomery, Alabama, the Fitzgeralds’ literary and artistic works from the 1920s and 1930s are still regarded as groundbreaking, and The Fitzgerald Museum is seeking to identify and honor the daring and revolutionary young writers and artists of this generation.

    Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Multi-Genre
    Categories: Grades 9–10, Grades 11–12, Undergraduate

    General Guidelines:

    The Fitzgerald Museum’s annual Literary Contest is seeking submissions of short fiction poetry, and multi-genre works, especially those works that break boundaries and defy tradition, that are highly original in style and scope, and that use literary and artistic techniques in innovative ways. Works with traditional forms and styles will be accepted, yet writers are encouraged to send works that utilize innovative forms and techniques.
    Literary works may include artwork, illustrations, font variations, and other graphic elements, with the caveat that these elements should enhance the work, not simply decorate the page.

    Due to issues of compatibility, all works should be submitted electronically as PDFs to ensure that each submission appears as the author intends. PDF files should be named with the author’s first initial [dot] last name [underscore] title. For example, J.Smith_InnovativeStory.pdf. All submissions should be made using the form on the Fitzgerald Museum website: Each student may only enter once.

    Submitted literary works will be judged in three separate age categories, so please be clear about that category. Prose submissions should not exceed 3,000 words. Poetry submissions should have 50 lines or fewer. Multi-genre works should not exceed ten pages. The submissions period is open from September 1 until December 1, 2018.

    The Literary Contest will be judged by a panel of writers and artists. Award announcements will be made on March 15, 2019. In each age category, a single winner and honorable mentions will be named.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2018

    The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) is challenging writers to compose short stories set in or inspired by one of Montgomery’s many unique tourism attractions. The winning story will be published online at and earn the author a $500 prize from the Alabama Tourism Department and the 2018 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award. The contest is free to enter, and the deadline is November 15.
    Follow this link for official rules:

    The contest was announced on WSFA at

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
    Contact: David Costello

    Any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words and by November 30. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog.

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
    Contact: Nicole Pyles

    About the Contest: WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Heather Flaherty with The Bent Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

    Prizes: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW's blog, The Muffin.

    Entry Info: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: November 30, 2018.

  • Deadline: October 1st, 2018 and October 15th, 2018
    Contact:Zachary Rosen

    The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary Tennessee Williams. In addition to panels, interviews, performances, and speeches by critically acclaimed authors, actors, and scholars, the festival hosts writing contests in poetry, fiction, short fiction, and dramatic writing, giving participants the chance to showcase their work alongside one of America’s greatest playwrights.

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