Gulf Coast Short Prose Prize

Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

2018 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Deadline: August 15, 2018

Prize: $1000 & publication

Entry: Submittable only; $18 fee includes subscription

This contest will be judged by Laura van den Berg.

Guidelines:

Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500 words. Each entry can include up to 3 pieces.

Each entry is $18, which includes a yearlong subscription to Gulf Coast.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.

Honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication.

Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize

Indiana Review 1/2 K PrizeDeadline: August 15, 2018

Prize: $1000 & publication

Entry: Submittable only; $20 fee includes subscription

This contest will be judged by Seth Pennington and Bryan Borland of Sibling Rivalry Press.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or less and in a single word document.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). If the fee provides a hardship, keep an eye out for discounted rates near the end of July.
  • Be sure to select the genre “2018 1/2 K Prize” on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
  • A “Submit Entry” button will appear here when submissions open. Click it to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact inreview@indiana.edu and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Rattle Poetry Prize

Rattle Poetry PrizeDeadline: July 15, 2018

Prize: $10,000 and publication in the winter edition of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

Entry: Submittable or hardcopy. $25 fee (includes one-year subscription).

Eligibility: Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere.

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Narrative Magazine’s Tenth Annual Poetry Contest

Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest

Deadline: July 15, 2018
Prize: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and up to ten finalists will receive $75 each. All entries will be considered for publication. All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Poem of the Week.
Entry: Online submissions only. There is a $26 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by September 30, 2018. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Narrative Magazine Poetry ContestPoetry Contest Submission Guidelines:

Submissions may contain up to five poems. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

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Kenyon Review’s Summer Reading List

Kenyon Review's Summer Reading List

David Lynn, Editor

Burnt Shadows by Kamila ShamsieBurnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. Shamsie, a Pakistani writer who also lives in London, opens this powerful novel in Nagasaki, shortly before its destruction. The young woman protagonist, who is one of the few survivors, leaves Japan and continues her life, forever transformed, in India, Turkey, Pakistan, and beyond. This is not Shamsie’s most recent novel, but it is one of great power and lyrical beauty.

Book of Hours

Likewise, perhaps, Kevin Young has been publishing in a variety of genres, and his most recent book of poems, Brown, has received enthusiastic reviews. I’ve been reading his Book of Hours, however, an astonishing poetic engagement with grief, loss, and death. Superb and accessible poems.

 

Finally, the first novel by a young Kenyon author of extraordinary talent, Meghan Kenny. The Driest Season is spare, wise, lyrical, and potent. It’s a quick read and one I highly recommend.

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Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train, 10 copies
Entry: $18 fee, Submittable
Eligibility: Emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.

Short Story Award Guidelines:

  • This category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)
  • Most entries run from 800 – 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.
  • Winners will be contacted directly the week before the public announcement in our bulletins on September 1, 2018.

 

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1000, book publication and distribution through University Press of New England, 100 complimentary copies
Entry: $25 fee; Submittable or US mail
Eligibility: previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry, written in or translated into English

The contest will be judged by David Blair.

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Barrow Street Press Book Contest

Barrow Street Book ContestDeadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1500 and book publication by Barrow Street Press
Entry Fee: $25 hard copy, $28 online
Eligibility: 50-80 page previously unpublished manuscript of original poetry, written in English
Questions: wilde@my.uri.edu

The contest will be judged by Ada Limón.

Book Contest Submission Guidelines:

Submit a 50-80 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Please number the pages of your manuscript and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.

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The Los Angeles Review Literary Awards

The Los Angeles Review Literary Awards

Summer 2018 LAR Literary Awards

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prize: $1000 and publication online and in the best-of annual print edition of The Los Angeles Review, issue no. 24, spring 2019
Entry: via Submittable; $20 USD
Submission Guidelines: losangelesreview.org/awards/
Questions: editor@losangelesreview.org

Douglas Manuel will judge in poetry, Doug Lawson will judge in fiction, Ron Koertge will judge in flash fiction, and Sarah Cannon will judge in nonfiction.

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Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest

Ploughshares Emerging WritersEmerging Writer’s Contest

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more.

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open. See the full guidelines to submit.

DEADLINE: May 15th NOON EST.

Glimmer Train Short Story Award

SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS

Prairie Schooner Book Prize

Book Prize2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest

Deadline: March 15
Prize: $3000 and publication through University of Nebraska Press
Entry Fee: $25
Eligibility: Living writers, published or unpublished, including non-US citizens, writing in English, excluding past or present paid employees of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or students at the University of Nebraska.
Questions: Email PSBookPrize@unl.edu
Journal Submission Guidelines: submission guidelines
Book Contest Guidelines: prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize

Contest Guidelines:

  • Fiction manuscripts (entirely short stories or one novella plus short stories) of at least 150 pages. No novels, single novellas or novella collections.
  • Poetry manuscript of at least 50 pages.
  • No previously published manuscripts, including self-publication.
  • Writers may enter both contests.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify immediately if accepted elsewhere.

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The Apprentice Writer

ELIGIBILITY: Grades 9 – 12
SUBMIT: Poetry, fiction, memoir, personal essay
AWARD: Publication in the The Apprentice Writer

GUIDELINES:

  • Electronic submission via www.apprenticewriter.com
  • Submit as a Word document. Each Word document should include only 1 submission.
  • Each document should include your first and last name, and email address at the beginning of the document. It should also include your name in the header/footer section of each page for multiple page works.
  • Poetry should be single-spaced, prose double-spaced, both in 12pt Times New Roman. (We may not be able to accommodate special formatting for poetry work.)
  • Documents should be titled as follows:
    • Last Name, First Initial (Genre) Submission Title
    • ex.: Doe, J (Fiction) A Yeti’s Tale
    • Do NOT include symbols such as #, $, <, *, /, : and @ in document title.

WEBSITE: www.apprenticewriter.com
QUESTIONS:  Contact Codie Nevil Sauers at nevil@susqu.edu.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2018

Glimmer Train New Writer Short Story Award

SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS

Grace Period Extended Until March 10, 2018

Glimmer Train New Writers Shorty Story AwardDeadline: The Short Story Award for New Writers is held three times per year: February 28 | June 30 | October 31. A one-week grace period follows each deadline.

Eligibility: New writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.)

Length: Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Entry Fee: $18 per submission

Prizes:

  • 1st place: $2,500 | publication in Glimmer Train Stories | 10 copies
  • 2nd place: $500*
  • 3rd place: $300*

*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue

Announcement: Winners will be contacted directly one week prior to public announcement in our bulletins:

  • January/February contest announces May 1.
  • May/June contest announces September 1.
  • September/October contest announces January 1.

Recent winners:

  • 1st-place: Courtney Knowlton for “Mean Blonde Ponytail Girl”
  • 2nd-place: Alexandra B. Chang for “Tomb Sweeping Day”
  • 3rd-place: Amanda S. Torres for “Fortuna”

Website: GlimmerTrain.com

Guidelines: glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php

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Interlochen Review Call for Submissions

The Interlochen Review

An online literary journal edited by creative writing students of Interlochen Arts Academy

Deadline: March 1, 2018
Eligibility: Grades 9-12 or high school postgraduate year.
Judges: Students of the Interlochen Arts Academy
Guidelines: 
Submit up to 6 pieces total. See full guidelines here: interlochenreview.org/submit/
Website: interlochenreview.org/

  • Fiction— 5,000 word max
  • Poetry— Long form poems are welcome
  • Nonfiction— 5,000 word max
  • Hybrid Genre— Flash fiction, prose poetry, lyric essay, film essay/poem, photo essay, new media writing, performance documentation, mixed-media experiments, singer-songwriter compositions or any other hybrid work.
  • Scripts/Screenplays— 40 page max. Standard format.

BIO: All submissions must be accompanied by a brief author bio. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME anywhere on the submission EXCEPT for in the bio statement.
 The Interlochen Review accepts work recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and YoungARTS. They DO NOT accept previously published work from other journals, online or in print.

Crazyhorse Literary Prizes 2018

crazyhorse literary prizesCrazyhorse Literary Prizes

Entry Fee: $20
Website: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link will judge in fiction, and Jo Ann Beard will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crazyhorse, during the month of January. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Crazyhorse, Literary Prizes, College of Charleston, English Department, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.

Deadline: January 31, 2018

NCTE 2018 Achievement Award for Superior Writing

NCTE 2018 Achievement AwardNational Council of Teachers of English High School Writing Award for Juniors

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Eligibility: Current high school JUNIORS are eligible to be nominated by their school’s English department. Nominations should be based on whether the writer exhibits power to inform and move an audience through control of a wide range of the English language. Entries are only accepted from teachers (i.e. the Head of the English Department).

Purpose:  To encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers.

Submit:

  1. Best Writing – one sample which you consider your best work. The best writing may be in any genre or combination of genres (poetry, narrative, argument, expository). An excerpt from a larger piece of writing is acceptable with a paragraph explaining the piece from which the excerpt was taken. Maximum length for the best writing is six (6) pages. Your name and “Best” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
  2. Themed Writing – must be written based on this year’s theme: “Changing the narrative.” See details here. Maximum length for the themed writing is four (4) pages. Your name and “Themed” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.

Essay Prompt:Changing the Narrative.

Website: NCTE.org

Flyer: NCTE-10008-2018-WritingAward

NJ Young Playwrights Contest

NJ Young Playwrights Contest

WHAT: The Writers Theatre of New Jersey invites NJ middle and high school students in grades 4-12 to submit plays to the NJ Young Playwrights Contest and Festival.

DIVISIONS: Elementary (4-6) | Junior School (7-9) | High School (10-12)

LENGTH: Plays up to 20 pages or 20 minutes.

TYPE: Plays with “realistic” structures and inventive work. Judges look for strong plot, characterization, dialogue, conflict, theme, & originality.

THEMES: Plays may be on any topic, but there is a special category, “Living with Disabilities” designed for plays either written by an author with a disability, or a play with themes or characters dealing with disabilities.

FORMATTING: Instructions may be found under the Submissions Guidelines tab.

WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Staged reading production of play with actors, a director, and dramaturg from WTNJ.
  • New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education (10-12 grades only).

DETAILS: Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey: org/nj-young-playwrights-contest

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018

Writing Conference, Inc. Contest

Writing Conference IncA Kansas nonprofit established in 1980, the Writing Conference Inc. hosts an annual national writing contest for middle and high school students.

Deadline: January 15, 2018
Eligibility: Elementary through high school students
Entry Fee: None
Submit: Each student may submit ONE entry: a poem, personal essay or narration (short story or play).
Theme: “Competition.”  We are trained for competition from the grade school playgrounds to the Olympic fields, from the classroom to the boardroom. What values from competition are we learning and teaching our children? How do our practices of competition influence the academic, moral, philosophical, and political frame works of our society?
Formatting: Entry form required. Read guidelines carefully.
Prize: Award winning pieces will be published in The Writers’ Slate whose audience is comprised of students and teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Submissions should be appropriate for this audience.
Past Winners: Read 2016-2017 winners here.
Website: writingconference.com/wpwritingconference/