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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.

  • Timeline:
    • Submissions will be open from February 1st to May 31st.
    • Stories are considered by Driftwood editing staff (no outside readers); guest judge reads finalists.
    • Winner will be announced in September 2019.
    • The winning short story will be published in volume seven (2020).

    • Fiction only.
    • 1,000-6,000 word limit.
    • A standard, 12-point font is preferred.
    • The work must not have been previously published.
    • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work if the story has been accepted elsewhere.
    • Submit works written in English only, no translations.
    • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
    • We read submissions blind, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.
    • Base submission cost is $10. Additionally, we are offering a $23 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of the issue in which the winning story is published.

    • The winner will receive $350 dollars and 10 copies of the issue in which the story appears. The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published alongside the story.
    • If a runner-up is chosen, their work will be offered publication, an accompanying interview, $100, and five copies of the issue in which their work appears.

  • Deadline: November 30, 2019
    Contact: David Costello

    For this international free-to-enter writing award, 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 All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words, by November 30, 2019. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. You can find more information on our short story writing contest at

  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
    Contact: Nicole Pyles

    Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style--from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Word count: 200 - 1000 words

  • Deadline: April 30, 2019
    Contact: Cassidy McCants

    The 41st Nimrod Literary Awards, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

    FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
    SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

    The winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and Writing Conference in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.
    Visit website for contest rules and more information.

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