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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: 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: October 31, 2017
    Contact: David Jones

    Poetry annual sponsors $500 Founders' Prize. $15 entry fee, deadline Oct. 31. $50 for runners up. 3-5 pgs. - for details.

  • 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: October 2, 2017
    Contact: Sherell Barbee

    The Missouri Review’s 27th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will have their work considered for publication at our usual contributor rate of $40 per printed page.

    This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why I particularly wanted to pass on the word to writers involved with your organization. I would very much appreciate it if you could let folks there know about our contest by posting the attached fliers somewhere where they’ll get attention—such as your group’s Facebook group or page—or by forwarding this information to any email lists or newsletters that might have an interest. All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review (normal price $24) and a paperback copy of the first title of our new imprint, Missouri Review Books, The Trail of the Demon by Jane Gillette (normal price $14.95).

    We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 2, and winners will be announced in January of 2018.

    You can find more information about the contest through our website:

  • Deadline: November 30, 2017
    Contact: Karen Ackerson

    The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, a non-profit organization based in Asheville, NC is sponsoring their 27th Annual Memoirs Contest with a deadline of November 30, 2017, and are seeking entries from writers around the world.

    Guidelines and awards can be seen at our website,

  • 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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