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

  • Deadline: Contest closes January 31, 2018.

    Disquiet is now accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published:

    the fiction winner on,
    the nonfiction winner in,
    the poetry winner in The Common.
    The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2018.
    Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid.

    Applications for the 2018 program are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited, so apply now and join some of the very best writers in the world in one of Europe's most unforgettable cities.

    As an added bonus, if you apply for the Lisbon program and pay before the end of October, we'll take $150 off tuition for new participants.

    You'll get core workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir & nonfiction, plus afternoon workshops on a variety of subjects, including experimental poetry, performing your work, and Portuguese culture.

    There will also be literary walks, day trips, craft talks with leading editors, editing seminars, and inspiring readings with North American and Portuguese writers.

    For more information on the program see our website at

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018

    Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

    Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website:

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018

    The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

    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. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.

    1st PRIZE £1000
    2nd PRIZE £500
    3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550)

    A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

    A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

    Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

    Michael Longley’s eleven poetry collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the PEN Pinter Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines: Selected Prose in 2017. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast. In 2015 he was elected a Freeman of the City.

    The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

    Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:>

  • Deadline: February 28, 2018
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    SLS, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (July 2018) and Kenya (December 2018), and in conjunction with Fence magazine, is currently running its 2018 literary contest.

    The first-place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expense paid, one of our innovative 2018 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in Fence magazine. Each prize includes airfare, tuition, and housing.

    Second-place winners in each category will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice; third-place winners will receive a 75 percent tuition discount. A number of fellowships additionally will be offered to contest participants based on the quality of their submissions.

    Don't miss this chance to attend one of our unique programs!

    Contest Guidelines:

    Submit up to three poems of 10 pages or a story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages (double spaced).

    Multiple entires are permitted, provided each is accompanied by a separate reading fee.

    Submitted work must be unpublished (unless it has been published on a personal website or social networks).

    First place winners can opt to receive $1500 USD in lieu of attending an SLS program, if for any reason they cannot attend.

    Many thanks, and we look forward to reading your work!

    For any questions, email

    Entry fee: $17

  • Deadline: December 15, 2017
    Contact: Larry Upshaw

    Ageless Authors celebrates creative senior writers; Entries accepted now for unique contest.

    Ageless Authors, the first publishing project exclusively for writers age 65 and older, is now accepting submissions for this year’s edition of their nationwide writing contest.

    Professional and amateur writers can submit short stories, essays, and poetry based on any of three topics – Military Memories; Dang I Wish I Hadn’t Done That; and Parents, For Better or Worse. To learn more or submit your work, go to

    Cash prizes will be awarded in each category; $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Winners and other outstanding entries will also be published in the second edition of Ageless Authors Anthology. Each submission requires an entry fee of $20 and the deadline for submissions is December 15.

  • Deadline: August 22, 2017 to December 23, 2017 (unless an extension is required)
    Contact: Linda Perkins

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    An essay contest to win a recently renovated Craftsman cottage in southeastern New Mexico.
    It's 200-225 words and a $200 application fee.

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