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Deadline: 9/22/2014
Submit to: Creative Nonfiction; Attn: Waiting; 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202; Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Essays (4,000 words MAX) on the topic of "Waiting"
URL: Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: 9/30/2014
Submit to: Juniper Prize for Fiction. University of Massachusetts Press, East Experiment Station, 671 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003. Or Email. Email Address
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (150 to 350 pages)
URL: Juniper Prize For Fiction

Deadline: 9/30/2014
Submit to: NCW Poetry Contest. Email entries as separate documents (one poem per document). Email Address
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Pooled Ink
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 250 lines MAX)
URL: NCW Poetry Contest


Deadline: 9/30/2014
Submit to: Palettes & Quills Fourth Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition. Donna M. Marbach, Palettes & Quills Chapbook Contest, 1935 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY 14526-1434.
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $200 plus 50 copies
Type: Poetry (14 to 50 pages MAX)
URL: Palettes & Quills Fourth Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 10/1/2014
Submit to: American Literary Review Awards. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems), short stories (8,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (6,500 words MAX)
URL: American Literary Review Awards

Deadline: 10/1/2014
Submit to: Short Story Contest, Boston Review, PO Box 425786 Cambridge, MA 02142. Or send online. Submission Link
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Short stories (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Aura Estrada Short Story Contest


Deadline: 10/15/2014
Submit to: Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: Publication plus 50 free copies of book
Type: Fiction (150 pages MAX)
URL: Texas Review Press

Deadline: 10/15/2014
Submit to: LUMINA Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 60 lines MAX)
URL: LUMINA Poetry Contest

Deadline: 10/15/2014
Submit to: Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242. Online Form
First Prize: $2,500 and a trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City
Type: Short stories (4,000 words MAX)
URL: Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Deadline: 10/20/2014
Submit to: Hamilton Writers Guild Harvest Gold Writing Contest. PO Box 1205, Hamilton, OH 45012
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $250
Type: Fiction (2,000 words MAX)
URL: Harvest Gold Fiction Writing Contest

Deadline: 10/24/2014
Submit to: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest. The Ayn Rand Institute, P.O. Box 57044, Irvine, CA 92619-7044. Or send online. Submission Link
First Prize: $10,000
Type: Essay (1,600 words MAX). Open only to 12th graders, college undergraduates and graduate students.
URL: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 10/31/2014
Submit to: Patricia Bibby Award, Tebot Bach, PO Box 7887, Huntington Beach, CA 92615-7887
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry collection (50 to 84 pages MAX)
URL: The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

Deadline: 11/15/2014
Submit to: theNewerYork Department of Forms and Documents. Online Form
Entry Fee: $11.15
First Prize: $511.10 plus publication and other goodies
Type: Format should be unusual and bureaucratic - forms, legal documents, laws, contracts, etc. (6 pages MAX)
URL: theNewerYork Department of Forms and Documents

Deadline: 11/21/2014
Submit to: 21st Annual Young Writers Poetry Contest. Extended deadline is 11/21/14 for mailing. PO Box 44169 – RPO Gorge, Victoria, BC V9A 7K1, or Courier address: Wendy K Burgess, 320 Obed Avenue, Victoria, BC V9A 1K4. If you email, then the deadline is above and send via attachment. Email Address
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: Various prizes depending on region/age group. Each region/age group include: 1st prize $60, 3 – 2nd prizes $25 (plus a copy of the publication); and up to 60 Award of Excellence Certificates.
Type: Poetry (24 lines MAX). Writer MUST BE ages 5 - 18 and from Canada and the USA.
URL: 21st Annual Young Writers Poetry Contest

Deadline: 11/30/2014
Submit to: Atlantis Short Story Contest. Send via DOC, DOCX, or PDF attachment. Email Address
Entry Fee: Starts at $10
First Prize: $300 plus online publication
Type: Short stories (2,500 words MAX)
URL: Atlantis Short Story Contest
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Deadline: 12/1/2014
Submit to: Hamlin Garland Short Story Award. Chris Fink, Editor-in-Chief, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI, 53511. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (7,000 words MAX)
URL: Hamlin Garland Short Story Award

Deadline: 12/1/2014
Submit to: The HerStories Project Writing Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $500, plus publication in anthology Mothering Through the Dark: Stories of Postpartum Struggle
Type: Personal essays about postpartum depression/anxiety (1,500 to 3,000 words)
URL: The HerStories Project Writing Contest

Deadline: 12/31/2014
Submit to: The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, University of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (60 to 100 pages)
URL: Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: The Meyerson Fiction Prize, Southwest Review, PO Box 750374, Dallas, TX 75275-0374. Or send via email. Email Address
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (8,000 words MAX)
URL: The Meyerson Fiction Prize

A free list of writing contests for creative writers, compiled and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. This easy-to-skim writing contest list is developed for all levels of writers. You’ll find competitions for poetry, short stories, flash fiction, personal essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, memoir, novels, poetry collections, chapbooks, books of all kinds, and more. Some of these writing contests are free (no entry fee, aka “no fee contests”) and some of them require an entry fee. Prizes often include publication (online or in print) and also some monetary award. Writers must look into and research these writing contests prior to entering them. We hope you enjoy our free writing contests list, and we encourage writers to share these listings with their friends. Learn how you can advertise your writing contest with us and reach our subscribers.

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