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Teen Ink National Essay Contest

Teen Ink Essay ContestIf you were Mayor of your town, what issue would you address and how?

Share your vision of the future of your community in this essay writing contest. A national online and monthly tabloid print magazine, TEEN INK has been written by and for teens since 1989.

Deadline: November 30
Eligibility: Ages 13 – 19
Prize: $500 & opportunity to interview congressional candidate David Kim.  2nd & 3rd Place: $100.
Submit: Submit essay of 1,000 words or less to the Teen Ink Opinion Section.
Topic: If you were Mayor of your town, what would you address and how?  2nd & 3rd Place: $100.
Note: Do not include last names or names of schools or towns.
Website: TeenInk.com
Guidelines: Teen Ink Essay Contest

Literal Latté Essay Award

Literal Latté Essay Award

Essay AwardDeadline: September 30
Eligibility: Previously unpublished essays
Entry Fee: $10 for 1 essay or $15 for 2 essays
Prize: $1,000
Submit: 10,000 word max, any topic.
Previous Winner: Lia Woodall
Website: literal-latte.com
Guidelines: literal-latte.com/contests/essay-awards

  • First Prize $1000
  • Second Prize $300
  • Third Prize $200

Literal Latte now accepts online submissions via Submittable. Click the button below to visit their Submittable page. See guidelines for cover page instructions.

Online Submissions – Click here.

Snail-Mail Submissions Mail to:

Literal Latté Awards
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532

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Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize

Poetry PrizeDeadline: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Eligibility: Poets worldwide aged 14-25
Prize: Publication on Poetry Society website and £100 book tokens.
Submit: A response poem to one or more of the WWII poets mentioned below. Include a brief commentary explaining how your poem responds to the poet’s life or work.
Judge: Poet Wendy Cope
Website: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/
Guidelines: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/the-timothy-corsellis-prize-2017/

Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2017

Timothy Corsellis was a young poet and pilot killed in 1941. The Prize was set up in his name, with the support of his family, to encourage more people to read the powerful but lesser-known poets of the Second World War.

The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize asks you to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets, including Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar and Timothy Corsellis.

The site is also running a Young Critics Prize for short essays of 500-1,500 words exploring which three poets are most likely to be read in twenty years’ time, and why. If you’re looking for inspiration, why not read last year’s winning essay, ‘I wandered lonely as a war-poet: Locating the individual in the unimaginable’ by Henry Wong.

The judges for both Prizes will be celebrated poet Wendy Cope; Professor Fran Brearton (for the War Poets Association), a leading authority on war poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast; Llewela Selfridge on behalf of the Imperial War Museum in London; and Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society. Continue reading Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize

Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest

Creative Nonfiction ContestDeadline: August 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $20 (includes copy of Spring 2018 issue)
Prize: $250 & publication in the Prairie Schooner
Submit: Any type of creative nonfiction essay up to 5,000 words & cover letter
JudgeEsme Weijun Wang
Website: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/
Guidelines
: https://prairieschooner.submittable.com/submit/12826/creative-nonfiction-essay-contest

Prairie Schooner’s Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays up to 5,000 words. The $20 entry fee includes a copy of the Spring 2018 issue of Prairie Schooner, in which the winning essay will appear. The winner will receive $250 and publication in our Spring 2018 issue. Additionally, The magazine often publishes contest finalists, like Boyer Rickel’s “Morgan: A Lyric” and Emily Geminder’s “Coming To: A Lexicology of Fainting.”

Entries will consist of THREE parts: a cover letter, the essay manuscript, and the entry fee:
  1. Cover Letter: In the cover letter, include the submission’s title and your contact information, including e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address. Your name and contact info must not appear anywhere within the manuscript itself (double-check headers and footers!).
  2. Essay Manuscript: The contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays up to 5,000 words. We’re interested in reading imaginative essays of general interest. (Scholarly articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to journals of literary scholarship.) Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use a standard font, and, again, the submitter’s name and contact info should not appear within the manuscript itself.
  3. Entry Fee: Each submission must be accompanied by the $20.00 fee, which includes a copy of the Spring 2017 issue of Prairie Schooner, in which the winning essay will appear. Multiple submissions are welcome and encouraged, but a separate entry fee must accompany each submission.
JUDGE’S ADVICE from Esme Weijun Wang :

“Write beautifully, write intelligently, and write like your heart is on fire. I want to feel like all three of those things are happening.”  Esme Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, THE BORDER OF PARADISE, was named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best novels of 2016 by ELECTRIC LITERATURE. She is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS; her work has appeared in THE BELIEVER, HAZLITT, ELLE, CATAPULT, and EATER. She can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.

PAST WINNERS:

2016: E.M. Tran

2015: Laura Elizabeth Woollett

2014: Aurvi Sharma

2013: Melissa Febos

Narrative Story Contest

Narrative Story ContestDeadline: July 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $2,500 & consideration for publication in Narrative
Submit: short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, literary nonfiction, excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction no longer than 15,000 words.
Judges: Narrative Editors
Website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com

Spring 2017 Story Contest

The Narrative story is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win Whiting Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.

 Narrative seeks work with a strong narrative drive, with characters readers can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. They look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

Click here to submit your work.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Notification:  Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by August 31, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. 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.

Submission Guidelines: Please read the Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to this contest, please review Narrative’s other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Click here to submit your work.

Robert & Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry & Prose

awards poetry prose cincinnati reviewDeadline: July 15, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1,000 & publication in Cincinnati Review
Poetry Submission: Up to 8 pages
Prose Submission: Up to 40 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction
Poetry Judge: Don Bogen
Prose Judge: Michael Griffith
Managing Editor: Lisa Ampleman
Email: editors@cincinnatireview.com
Website: http://www.cincinnatireview.com/blog/contests/robert-and-adele-schiff-prizes-in-poetry-and-prose

Fairy Tale Review Awards

Fairy Tale Review AwardsDeadline: July 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000 & publication.
Submit: Prose up to 6,000 words. Poetry up to 5 poems or 10 pages.
Poetry Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Prose Judge: Helen Oyeyemi
Email: ftreditorial@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fairytalereview.com

Poetry & Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge in poetry and Helen Oyeyemi will judge in prose. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction with a $10 entry fee by July 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fairy Tale Review, Awards in Poetry and Prose, c/o Kate Bernheimer, University of Arizona, English Department, Tucson, AZ 85721. Kate Bernheimer, Editor.

LA Review Awards

LA Review AwardsLA Review Bi-annual Awards: Summer 2017

Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1,000 & publication
E-mail: editor@losangelesreview.org
Website: http://losangelesreview.org/awards/

Short Fiction Award:
  • 2,500 word max
  • Judge: Bryan Hurt
Flash Fiction Award:
  • 500 word max
  • Judge: Siel Ju
Creative Nonfiction Award:
  • 1500 word max
  • Judge Chelsey Clammer
Poetry Award:
  • 50 line max
  • Judge:  t’ai freedom ford
 Guidelines:
  • Prizes include a $1000 honorarium and publication via LAR Online and in the best-of annual print edition of The Los Angeles Review, issue no. 22, set to be released in spring 2018.
  • Submissions for each contest are accepted via Submittable only. Entry fee is $20 USD.
  • Contests close for entries on June 30, 2017.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately via Submittable if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Only previously unpublished writing will be considered. Entries are not considered for general inclusion in The Los Angeles Review.
  • In the cover letter field of each submission, include author’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Do NOT include this information in the submitted file.
  • The winners will be announced in fall 2017.
  • Please direct questions to editor@losangelesreview.org