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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 Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.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.

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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.

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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