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New American Fiction Prize

New American Fiction Prize
Prize: $1,000 & publication
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

JUDGE: Final Judge for the New American Fiction Prize this year is Lori Ostlund, author of the novel After the Parade and a story collection, The Bigness of the World.

PAST WINNERS: Gina Frangello selected Welcome to Freedom Point, by Marina Mularz of Los Angeles, to receive the 2016 New American Fiction Prize.

Finalists for the 2016 Prize include:

—The Rink Girl, a collection by Mark Brazaitis of Morgantown, VA
—X, a novel by Peter Grandbois of Granville, OH
—The Gravity of Longings, a collection by Kathryn Paulsen of New York, NY
—Locked Gray/Linked Blue, a collection by Kem Joy Ukwu of Bloomfield, NJ

Semifinalists for the 2016 Fiction Prize include:

—South of Wall, a novel by Michael Bourne of Vancouver, BC
—Long White Robe, a novel by Polly Buckingham of Medical Lake, WA
—Motherland and Other Stories, by Alix Christie of Nevada City, CA
—Going Under, a collection by H. E. Francis of Huntsville, AL
—Report from a Place of Burning, a collection by George Looney of Erie, PA
—Bringing Back Bobbie, a novel by Mary Lotz of Hudsonville, MI
—Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, a collection by Keith Rosson of Portland, OR
—Come Again No More, a novel by David Wesley Williams of Memphis, TN

CONTESTS IN PROGRESS:
Submissions for the 2017 New American Poetry Prize are currently being read with interest. The winner will receive $1,000 and a publication contract. Jesse Lee Kercheval will serve as the final judge.

Gabriel Gudding selected The Underneath, by Christopher Cokinos, to receive the 2016 New American Poetry Prize. Finalists for the 2016 Prize include:

—Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live, by Monica Berlin
—The Ghosts of Lost Animals, by Michelle Bonczek
—The Iron Staircase and Other Disturbing Tales of Woe, by Sydnee Brower
—Nimrod in Hell, by James Capozzi
—Sentences, by Richard Carr
—Pause, Now Pause, by D. Gilson
—Taking the Homeless Census, by Alexis Ivy
—Overseeing the Downfall, by Jeff Nesheim
—The Listening Room, by Kathleen Rooney
—If the Girl Never Learns, by Sue William Silverman

While you’re here, check out the jaw-dropping lineup for the most recent volume of New Stories from the Midwest:

1.  Thomas M. Atkinson “Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills”
2.  Charles Baxter “Forbearance”
3.  Catherine Browder “Departures”
4.  Claire Burgess “Upper Middle Class Houses”
5.  Peter Ho Davies “Chance”
6.  Stephanie Dickinson “JadeDragon_77”
7.  Jack Driscoll “All the Time in the World”
8.  Nick Dybek “Three Summers”
9.  Stuart Dybek “Tosca”
10.  Abby Geni “Dharma at the Gate”
11.  Albert Goldbarth “Two brothers”
12.  Baird Harper “Patient History”
13.  Rebecca Makkai “Dead Turtle”
14.  Monica McFawn “Out of the Mouths of Babes”
15.  John McNally “The Magician”
16.  Emily Mitchell “Three Marriages”
17.  Devin Murphy “Levi’s Recession”
18.  Joyce Carol Oates “A Book of Martyrs”
19.  Lori Ostlund “The Gap Year”
20.  Nicole Louise Reid “A Purposeful Violence”
21.  Christine Sneed “In the Bag”
22.  Anne Valente “The Lost Caves of St. Louis”
23.  Lauren van den Berg “Lessons”
24.  Josh Weil “Long Bright Line”
25.  Theodore Wheeler “On a Train from the Place Called Valentine”

Akron Poetry Prize

Akron Poetry PrizeUniversity of Akron Press Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize:  $1,500

Information

The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his, her, or their book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2017 is Oliver de la Paz. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Guidelines for Submission

1. Manuscripts must be a total length of at least 48 pages and no longer than 90 pages. Individual poems may have appeared in chapbooks or literary magazines, but we are unable to consider collections that have been previously published as a full-length volume. Translations are not eligible.

2. Manuscripts must not include identifying information, but should have a title page, and may include an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in periodicals (if applicable). Please do not submit manuscripts that have the author’s name on each page, or any biographical information. Manuscripts will go to the judge without identifying information. Be sure that your Submittable account reflects your updated contact information, as we will use this information when contacting you.

3. Manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable between April 15 and June 15 of each year. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but The University of Akron Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted.

4. An entry fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submission, and will be collected through Submittable.

5. Contest results will be posted on our website www.uakron.edu/uapress/poetryprizewinner by September 30. Questions may be sent to uapress@uakron.edu.

6. Intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the final judge (students in an academic, degree-conferring program or its equivalent), and current faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University of Akron or the Northeast Ohio MFA Program (NEOMFA) are not eligible to enter the Akron Poetry Prize competition.

2017 Final Judge

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. Additionally he serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction


Spokane PrizeWillow Springs Books is pleased to announce the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction!

Willow Springs Books invites submissions for the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction  until June 5,  2017 .

PRIZE: $2,000 plus publication
OPEN TO: All U.S. authors regardless of publication history
DEADLINE: June 5th, 2017

Submission Guidelines: 

To enter, please submit:

A book-length manuscript. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories. Manuscripts should be organized with page numbers and a table of contents. Stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes. However, selected story collections (stories previously published in books) will not be considered. Please do not send novels.

A SASE for notification (if submission is by mail)

A cover letter including your name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as a short bio.

A $27.50 reading fee paid through Submittable or via check made out to “Willow Springs Editions” (check or money order only) for each manuscript entry.

♦ Entries must be submitted through Submittable or postmarked by June 5, 2017

Submit online via Submittable:
submit
or send entries by mail to:

Willow Springs Books
c/o Inland Northwest Center for Writers
668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. 2 RPT– #259
Spokane, WA 99202

For questions related to the prize, email willowspringsbooks@gmail.com

Recent Winners Include:

2016 Ventriloquisms by Jaclyn Watterson

2015 Suffering Fools by Glori Simmons
2014 Here Among Strangers by Serena Crawford
2013 All the Wrong Places by Molly Giles
2012 The Empty House Stories by Nathan Oates
2011 You are Not Alone by Sherril Jaffe
2010 Love Songs for the Quarantined by K.L. Cook
2009 Strange Weather by Becky Hagenston
2008 This Is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks
2007 Forgetting English by Midge Raymond
2006 The High Heart by Joseph Bathanti
2005 Woman in the Woods by Ann Joslin Williams

Past judges have included Rick Bass, William Kittredge, Jess Walter, John Keeble, Shawn Vestal, and Sharma Shields.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s 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. The 2017 contest judges are Garth Greenwell (fiction), Meghan Daum (nonfiction), and Natalie Diaz (poetry).

DEADLINE: May 15th NOON EST.

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Winter Deadline

SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS

Crazyhorse Literary Prizes

crazyhorse literary prizesCrazyhorse Literary Prizes

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

Crazyhorse Literary Prizes offer three awards of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse. Prizes are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limón will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and Robin Hemley 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, 2017

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS

Real Simple Magazine Essay Contest

Real SimpleMaybe you had to move cross-country after being relocated for a job. Or maybe you needed to leave an apartment before you expected to. How did that situation influence the rest of your life? If one unavoidable shift changed your world—for good and bad—in enduring ways, write it down and share it with Real Simple. A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is “What was the most dramatic change you ever had to make?” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 19. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines: http://www.realsimple.com/lifelessonscontest

Glimmer Train Fiction Contests

glimmer train fiction contestsOne of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers through various fiction contests. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $2,000): We invite any length stories from 300 to 3,000 words. Deadline: August 31.

Fiction Open (1st place – $3,000): Open to all subjects and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words. Deadline: August 31.

Gulf Coast Prize for Short Prose

Gulf Coast PrizeThe Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. The Gulf Coast Prize will offer two honorable mentions of $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 28.2 here.  Contest judge Jim Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, published in 2015, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction. Deadline: August 31, 2016 at 11:59 CST.

Indiana Review Prize

Indiana Review Prize
Final Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

An Indiana Review Prize, aka  the “1/2 K” prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 500 words. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems or pieces of fiction or nonfiction of up to 500 words each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana Review, by August 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines: https://indianareview.org/contests/.

PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship

pen-center-usa-emerging-voices-fellowship-2015The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

LITERARY MENTORSHIP BENEFITS

By the end of the Emerging Voices Fellowship, a writer will leave with:

  • Seven months of guidance from a professional mentor and written notes on their current writing project.
  • An author photo and bio.
  • A logline—the short summation of the project in progress.
  • A clear action plan for finishing this project.
  • Writing life, and craft tips, from notable visiting authors.
  • An editing guide from a professional copy editor.
  • Insider knowledge of publishing from agents, editors, etc.
  • An individualized submission guide for literary journals, agents, residencies, and fellowships.
  • Improved reading technique from a professional voice coach.
  • Public reading experience for a variety of audiences.
  • An understanding of how to be an effective workshop member.
  • Lifetime membership in PEN Center USA.
  • An introduction to the Los Angeles literary community.

Age 21 and over. Entry fee: $10. DEADLINE: August 1, 2016