Contests To Enter to Finish Out 2017

With the new year fast approaching, I wanted to put together a list of contests with deadlines in December and some into January.  You can start 2018 off on the right foot by getting your work out there and maybe getting a little prize money and the recognition your work deserves in 2018.  Here is by no means an exhaustive but it’s definitely a good place to start if you want to get your work out there.

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December 10

Friends of American Writers

Literary Award

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: N/A
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: info@fawchicago.org

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the Midwest for at least five years) or whose book features a Midwestern setting. The prize may be split if more than one winner is selected. Writers who have published up to three books are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible. Authors or publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2017 and an author bio by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Friends of American Writers, Literary Award
c/o Tammie Bob
474 Stagecoach Run
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

University of Iowa Press

Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

Prize: Publication
Entry Fee: $10
Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Iowa Press, Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction
119 West Park Road, 100 Kuhl House
Iowa City, IA 52242
John D’Agata, Series Editor.

December 15

Center for Book Arts

Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading with the contest judge at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in Fall 2018, and a weeklong residency at the Winter Shakers Program at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. Natasha Trethewey will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 21 pages (or 450 lines) with a $25 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Center for Book Arts, Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Prize

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $75
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Authors, publishers, agents, or readers may submit eight copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 with a $75 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Prize
P.O. Box 28, 1 Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 357-6376.
Sara Toth, Contact.

December

Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry
Email: decembermagazine@gmail.com

A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Luis J. Rodriguez will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by December 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

December, Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize
P.O. Box 16130
St. Louis, MO 63105

Gival Press

Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry
Email: givalpress@yahoo.com

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Poetry Award
P.O. Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203
Robert Giron, Editor.

Hidden River Arts

Trilogy Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: hiddenriverarts@gmail.com

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short short story, and a piece of nonfiction. Submit up to five poems of any length, a short short story of 300 to 3,000 words, or up to 25 pages of nonfiction (including a synopsis for a book excerpt) with a $17 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hidden River Arts, Trilogy Awards
P.O. Box 63927
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(610) 764-0813
Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director.

LITMAG

Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: info@litmag.com

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also have their work reviewed by Sobel Weber Associates literary agency. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 3,000 to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 15. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

LitMag, Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction
Greeley Square Station, P.O. Box 20091
New York, NY 10001.

Nowhere Magazine

Travel Writing Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and published pieces that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nowhere Magazine, Travel Writing Contest,
1582 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213.

Public Poetry

Poetry Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Genre: Poetry
Email: staff@publicpoetry.net

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Public Poetry website, and an invitation to give a reading in Houston, Texas, is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year’s theme is “Power.” Cyrus Cassells, Tony Hoagland, Raina J. León, and Sasha West will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $15 entry fee ($20 for three poems) by December 15. Late entries will be accepted until January 15, 2018, for a $25 entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Public Poetry, Poetry Contest
2617C West Holcombe Boulevard #543,
Houston, TX 77025.

Willow Books

Literature Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the online submission system, submit a poetry collection of 45 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee or a story collection, novella, novel, essay collection, or memoir of up to 200 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Willow Books, Literature Awards
c/o Aquarius Press
P.O. Box 23096, Detroit, MI 48223
(877) 979-3639.

December 20

Codhill Press

Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 20. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Codhill Press, Poetry Award
P.O. Box 280
Bloomington, NY 12411
Pauline Uchmanowicz, Contest Coordinator.

String Poet

Poetry Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Genre: Poetry
Email: editor@stringpoet.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives an original music composition by a professional composer inspired by the winning poem, which will be performed at the Awards Ceremony in Spring 2018. Micheal O’Siadhail will judge. Submit up to five poems of no more than 50 lines each with a $18 entry fee by December 20. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

String Poet Poetry Competition
Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743
Annabelle Moseley, Founder.

December 22

Commonwealth Club of California

California Book Awards

Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: bookawards@commonwealthclub.org

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a book of fiction or nonfiction that relates to California. Publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2017 by December 22. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards
110 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 597-5939.

Quercus Review Press

Poetry Book Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry
Email: pierstorffs@mjc.edu

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Sam Pierstorff will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award. Submit a manuscript of up to 120 pages with a $25 entry fee by December 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Quercus Review Press, Poetry Book Award
Modesto Junior College, English Department
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 575-6183
Sam Pierstorff, Editor in Chief.

Poetry Society of America

Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by December 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Society of America, Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-9628.

Poetry Society of America

Chapbook Fellowships

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to poets ages 30 and under, and two fellowships are given to poets of any age. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $12 entry fee by December 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Society of America, Chapbook Fellowships
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-9628.

December 29

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: gladys.bell@hamptonu.edu

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of Black Diaspora.” Publishers may nominate books published in 2017 by December 29. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Literary Awards
Hampton University, Harvey Library
130 East Tyler Street
Hampton, VA 23668
(757) 727-5185
Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair.

December 30

New Issues Poetry & Prose

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry
Email: new-issues@wmich.edu

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and travel expenses to give a reading at Western Michigan University in Spring 2018. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $25 entry fee by December 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Issues Poetry & Prose, Poetry Prize
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-8185
Kimberly Kolbe, Managing Editor.

Florida Review

Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: flreview@ucf.edu

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $25 entry fee by December 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Florida Review, Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
University of Central Florida, English Department
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32816
Lisa Roney, Editor.
December 31

Tampa Review

Danahy Fiction Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: utpress@ut.edu

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Tampa Review, by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tampa Review, Danahy Fiction Prize
University of Tampa Press
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
Richard Mathews, Editor.

Lascaux Review

Prize in Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: lascauxreview@gmail.com

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2016 or 2017 with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lascaux Review, Prize in Fiction
275 Conner Street
Clinton, AR 72031

Before Columbus Foundation

American Book Awards

Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.” Submit two copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Before Columbus Foundation, American Book Awards
Raymond House
655 13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775.

Tupelo Press

Dorset Prize

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tupelo Press, Dorset Prize
P.O. Box 1767
North Adams, MA 01247
Jeffrey Levine, Publisher.

Press 53

Award for Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Genre: Fiction
Email: kevin@press53.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Press 53, Award for Short Fiction
560 North Trade Street, Suite 103
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 770-5353.
Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher.

Society of Classical Poets

Poetry Competition

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry
Email: submissions@classicalpoets.org

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. At least one poem must address human rights in China, terrorism, or the environment; the remaining poems must address one or more of the following themes: beauty, humor, or classical culture. Poems that incorporate meter and rhyme are preferred. Evan Mantyk will judge. Submit three to five poems of up to 50 lines each via e-mail by December 31. There is no entry fee. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Society of Classical Poets, Poetry Competition
11 Heather Lane
Mount Hope, NY 10940
Evan Mantyk, President.

Crosswinds

Poetry Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a poem. Lloyd Schwartz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Crosswinds, Poetry Contest
10 Algonquin Drive
Middletown, RI 02842.

Three Percent

Best Translated Book Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Email: chad.post@rochester.edu

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning author will receive $5,000; the translator or translators will receive $5,000. Submit five copies of a translated poetry collection published in 2017 by December 31 or nine copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Three Percent, Best Translated Book Awards
Open Letter Books
University of Rochester
Dewey Hall 2-219, Box 278968
Rochester, NY 14627
(585) 319-0823
Chad Post, Director.

Tampa Review

Prize for Poetry

Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry
Email: utpress@ut.edu

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for online submissions), which includes a subscription to Tampa Review, by December 31. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tampa Review, Prize for Poetry
University of Tampa Press
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
Richard Mathews, Editor.

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Griffin Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $65,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry
Email: info@griffinpoetryprize.com

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Finalists in each category receive $10,000 Canadian (approximately $8,300). Publishers may submit four copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between July 1 and December 31 by December 31. There is no entry fee. The deadline for books published during the first half of the year is June 30. Sarah Howe, Ben Lerner, and Ian Williams will judge. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Griffin Poetry Prize
363 Parkridge Crescent
Oakville, Ontario L6M 1A8, Canada
(905) 618-0420
Ruth Smith, Executive Director.

Cleveland Foundation

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: submit@anisfield-wolf.org

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that “contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of human diversity.” Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Pinker, and Simon Schama will judge. Submit five copies of a book published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Cleveland Foundation, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 685-2018.

Livingston Press

Tartt Fiction Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: jwt@uwa.edu

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story collection are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 160 to 275 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Livingston Press, Tartt Fiction Award
University of West Alabama
One College Drive, Station 22
Livingston, AL 35470
Joe Taylor, Director.

The Moth

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $12,000
Entry Fee: $13
Genre: Poetry
Email: http://www.livingstonpress.uwa.edu

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $12,000) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,200) each are also given. The winners will also be invited to read at an awards ceremony in Dublin in Spring 2018. Daljit Nagra will judge. Submit any number of poems with a €12 (approximately $13) entry fee per poem by December 31. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

The Moth, Poetry Prize
Ardan Grange
Milltown, Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland
Rebecca O’Connor, Editor.

Boulevard

Short Fiction Contest

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $16 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard, by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Boulevard, Short Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 325
6614 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Jessica Rogen, Editor.

River Styx

Micro-Fiction Contest

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue (for an additional $10, entrants will receive a subscription to River Styx) by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

River Styx, Micro-Fiction Contest
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118
Theresa Brickman, Managing Editor.

Ashland Creek Press

Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

$1,000 prize given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also receives a four-week residency at PLAYA, a writers and artists retreat located on the edge of the Great Basin near Summer Lake, Oregon. Unpublished manuscripts and books published in the past five years are eligible. Jonathan Balcombe will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words or a book published in 2012 or later with a $18 entry fee by December 31. All unpublished entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidlines.

Ashland Creek Press, Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
2305 Ashland Street, Suite C417
Ashland, OR 97520

Bright Hill Press

Poetry Book Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Genre: Poetry
Email: wordthur@stny.rr.com

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $27 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bright Hill Press, Poetry Book Competition
94 Church Street
Treadwell, NY 13846
(607) 829-5055
Bertha Rogers, Editor.

January 1, 2018

Bayou Magazine

Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Email: bayou@uno.edu

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be considered for publication. Kay Murphy will judge the Kay Murphy Poetry Prize; Matt Bell will judge the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Submit up to three poems of any length or a story or novel excerpt of up to 7,500 words with a $20 entry fee by January 1, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bayou Magazine, Poetry and Fiction Prizes
University of New Orleans, English Department
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
Marian Kaufman, Associate Editor.

Whitefish Review

Montana Award for Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: brian@whitefishreview.org

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Whitefish Review, Montana Award for Fiction
708 Lupfer Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 261-6190.
Brian Schott, Founding Editor.

Mississippi Review

Mississippi Review Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: msreview@usm.edu

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible. Angela Ball will judge in poetry; Anne Sanow and Justin Taylor will judge in prose. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a short story or essay of 1,000 to 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($16 for electronic submissions), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by January 1, 2018. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mississippi Review, Mississippi Review Prize
118 College Drive, #5144
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-4321
Adam Clay, Editor in Chief.

January 2, 2018

Glimmer Train Press

Family Matters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 12,000 words with an $18 entry fee by January 2, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, Family Matters
P.O. Box 80430
Portland, OR 97280
(503) 221-0836
Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

San José State University

Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: mhccfss@gmail.com

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public reading each semester and must live in the San José area during the academic year. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose, a project proposal, a résumé, and three letters of recommendation (sent directly to San José State University by the references) by January 2, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

San José State University, Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing
Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
San José, CA 95192
(408) 808-2067
Nick Taylor, Director.

Center for Fiction

Christopher Doheny Award

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: sara@centerforfiction.org

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-threatening illness. The winner also receives production and promotion of the book as an Audible e-book, and assistance from Audible to pursue print publication. Submit a manuscript of any length by January 2. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Center for Fiction, Christopher Doheny Award
17 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Sara Batkie, Writing Programs Director.

Gemini Magazine

Poetry Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Genre: Poetry
Email: editor@gemini-magazine.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee by January 2, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gemini Magazine, Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558
(339) 309-9757
David Bright, Editor.

January 5, 2018

Frost Place

Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Genre: Poetry
Email: frost@frostplace.org

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give readings at Dartmouth College, the Frost Place, and other local venues. Using the online submission system, submit five poems from the most recent book, a résumé, a brief bio, a personal statement, and contact information for two references with a $28 entry fee by January 5, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Frost Place, Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence Award
P.O. Box 74
Franconia, NH 03580
(603) 823-5510

January 8, 2018

Poets & Writers, Inc.

Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Email: bmarcus@pw.org

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with writers, editors, publishers, and agents. The 2018 contest is open to residents of Arkansas. Poets and fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. Cheryl Boyce Taylor will judge in poetry, and Porochista Khakpour will judge in fiction. Submit five copies of 7 to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of fiction by January 8, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Poets & Writers, Inc., Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004
Bonnie Rose Marcus, Contact.

January 14, 2018

Colorado Review

Colorado Prize for Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Genre: Poetry
Email: creview@colostate.edu

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. John Yau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for online submissions), which includes a subscription to Colorado Review, by January 14, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Colorado Review, Colorado Prize for Poetry
Colorado State University, Center for Literary Publishing
9105 Campus Delivery
Ft. Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-5449
Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Cabell First Novelist Award

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Fiction
Email: firstnovelist@gmail.com

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner’s agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend First Novelist Award Night at Virginia Commonwealth University in Fall 2018. A committee of novelists and critics will judge. Submit three copies of a book published in 2017 by January 14, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award\
English Department
P.O. Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284
Julie Geen, Contact.

January 15, 2018

Ellen Meloy Fund

Desert Writers Award

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Creative Nonfiction
Email: fund@ellenmeloy.com

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to spend creative time in a desert environment. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of creative nonfiction, a project description, and a one-page biography between November 1 and January 15, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Ellen Meloy Fund, Desert Writers Award
P.O. Box 484
Bluff, UT 84512
Mark Meloy, Executive Director.

Masters Review

Short Story Award for New Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Fiction
Email: contact@mastersreview.com

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel. Writers who have published story collections are eligible. The winning story will also be sent to a participating literary agency. Submit a short story of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 15, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Masters Review, Short Story Award for New Writers
818 SW 3rd Avenue #221-5911
Portland, OR 97204

Literal Latté

K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Genre: Fiction
Email: litlatte@aol.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté  is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2018. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literal Latté, K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532
Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.

BkMk Press

Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee $25
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Email: bkmk@umkc.edu

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction with a $25 entry fee ($30 for electronic subs) by January 15, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

BkMk Press, Ciardi/Chandra Prizes
University of Missouri
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-2558.

Fourteen Hills

Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Poetry
Email: hills@sfsu.edu

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a long poem with an inventive spirit. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poem from 3 to 10 pages by January 15, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fourteen Hills, Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award
San Francisco State University, Creative Writing Department
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-3083
Keith Donnell, Editor in Chief.

PRISM

Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $40
Genre: Fiction
Email: promotions@prismmagazine.ca

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee, which includes a subscription to PRISM, by January 15, 2018. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

PRISM, Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction
University of British Columbia, Creative Writing Program
Buchanan Building E462
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1, Canada
(604) 822-2514.
Jessica Johns, Executive Editor of Promotions.

Permafrost

Book Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Email: editor@permafrostmag.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2018 prize will be given for a book of fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages with a $20 entry fee by January 15, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Permafrost, Book Prize
University of Alaska, English Department
P.O. Box 755720
Fairbanks, AK 99775
(907) 474-5074.

French- American Foundation

Translation Prizes

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: Free
Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A jury of translators and literary professionals will judge. Authors, agents, and U.S. publishers may submit books published in 2017 by January 15, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

French-American Foundation, Translation Prizes
28 West 44th Street, Suite 1420
New York, NY 10036
(646) 588-6782.

Asheville Poetry Review

William Matthews Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Genre: Poetry

$1,000 prize and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Alfred Corn will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee by January 15, 2018. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Asheville Poetry Review, William Matthews Poetry Prize
P.O Box 7086, Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 450- 0357
Keith Flynn, Managing Editor.

Hidden River Arts

Sandy Run Novella Award

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Genre: Fiction
Email: hiddenriverarts@gmail.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24 entry fee by January 15, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hidden River Arts, Sandy Run Novella Award
P.O. Box 63927
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(610) 764-0813
Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director.

Omnidawn Publishing

Open Poetry Book Contest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Genre: Poetry
Email: submissions@omnidawn.com

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Arthur Sze will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry fee by January 16. For an additional $3, entrants will receive one book of their choice from the Omnidawn catalogue. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Omnidawn Publishing, Open Poetry Book Contest
1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805
(510) 237-5472.
Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, Coeditors.

 

 

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Mackenzie Jervis is a Summer 2016 Graduate. She lives in Texas with her husband, two cats, puppy, and son. She’s traveled to 65 countries solo, now taking the baby along. She blogs about family travel at A Wandering Scribbler while writing novels and binge-watching British TV.

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