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Deadline: 4/26/2015
Submit to: The Fountainhead 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 responding to 1 of 3 prompts about The Fountainhead (800 to 1,600 words). Writers MUST BE in 11th or 12th grade.
URL: The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/27/2015
Submit to: The New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest. Submission Link
First Prize: $1000 plus publication; finalist chapbooks also considered for publication
Type: Poetry and/or prose chapbook (18 pages MIN - 44 pages MAX)
URL: The New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20-25
First Prize: $500 plus publication and 50 copies
Type: Poetry chapbook (48 to 100 pages MAX)
URL: Barry Spacks Poetry Prize


Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Book Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (48 to 100 pages MAX)
URL: Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Book Prize

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Kore Press First Book Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $28
First Prize: $1,500 plus plublication
Type: Poetry (90 pages MAX)
URL: Kore Press First Book Award

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Nimrod Journal Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (10 pages MAX) and fiction (7,500 words MAX)
URL: Nimrod Literary Awards for Fiction and Poetry


Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Puerto del Sol 2015 Fiction & Poetry Contests. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $400 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and fiction (10,000 words MAX)
URL: Puerto del Sol 2015 Fiction & Poetry Contests

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Sequestrum Reprint Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $200 plus publication
Type: Fiction and creative nonfiction (10,000 words MAX). Works should have been published elsewhere.
URL: Sequestrum Reprint Award

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: The Beacon Street Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (8,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
URL: The Beacon Street Prize

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (6,000 words MAX) and nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Trio House Press Contests: Trio Award for First or Second Book -OR- Louise Bogan Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25 (per contest)
First Prize: $1,000 plus 20 copies of publication
Type: Poetry (48 to 70 pages MAX)
URL: Trio House Press Contests

Deadline: 4/30/2015
Submit to: Zócalo Public Square's Fourth Annual Poetry Prize. Email Address
Entry Fee: N/A
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: Zócalo Public Square's Fourth Annual Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: Center for Interfaith Relations Online Form
Entry Fee: $15 Entry Fee + $1 Online Processing Fee
First Prize: Winning authors receive a monetary prize and their work will be published in Parabola Magazine. First Prize will receive $500.00 and three Honorable Mentions will receive $100.00. Winning poem will be read on stage at the 2015 Festival of Faiths.
Type: Poetry (1 piece/100 lines MAX)
URL: Parabola Magazine, The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Email Address
Entry Fee: $25 CAD for Canadian entries; $30 US for American entries; $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
First Prize: $1,000 (CAD)
Type: Fiction (3,500 words MAX)
URL: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: Moon City Poetry Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (48 pages MAX)
URL: Moon City Poetry Award

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (7,500 words MAX)
URL: The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest

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

Deadline: 5/1/2015
Submit to: Tupelo Quarterly 7 Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX)
URL: Tupelo Quarterly 7 Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5/8/2015
Submit to: The Legendary Women Literary Contest. Send in RTF only. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: You will win $125.00 USD, have your story published on our site, and have a long form interview featured on our site.
Type: Short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words MAX). MUST BE a strong, woman protagonist lead character; we are not taking erotica/romance fiction or nonfiction/memoirs at this time. We are also not taking stories that glorify or glamorize bigotry or slurs.
URL: The Legendary Women Literary Contest

Deadline: 5/11/2015
Submit to: Creative Nonfiction: The Weather Contest. Creative Nonfiction; Attn: Weather; 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 "The Weather"
URL: Creative Nonfiction: The Weather Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: BorderSenses Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $250 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: BorderSenses Poetry Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (4 poems MAX)
URL: Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $24
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 pages MAX), short stories (6,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (6,000 words MAX). Only for writers that have not published or self-published a book.
URL: Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: The American Poetry Review, Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, 320 S. Broad St, Hamilton 313, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX, 1 page per poem). Poets MUST BE under 40.
URL: The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: The Peseroff Prize Poetry Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: The Peseroff Prize Poetry Competition

Deadline: 5/30/2015
Submit to: Gival Press Novel Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $50
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (30,000 words to 100,000 words MAX)
URL: Gival Press Novel Award

Deadline: 5/31/2015
Submit to: Grist: The Journal for Writers Pro Forma Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $18
First Prize: $750 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Grist: The Journal for Writers Pro Forma Contest

Deadline: 5/31/2015
Submit to: Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15 (poetry), $7 (flash fiction), or $15 (short stories)
First Prize: $500 for short story, $150 for flash fiction, $150 for poetry plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 pages MAX), flash fiction (500 words MAX), and short stories (1,000 to 7,500 words MAX)
URL: Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Contest

Deadline: 5/31/2015
Submit to: The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $400 plus publication
Type: Short stories (10,000 words MAX)
URL: The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: 6/1/2015
Submit to: Poetry Contest, Boston Review, PO Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX)
URL: Boston Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: 6/1/2015
Submit to: Tiferet Writing Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (6 poems MAX), short stories, and prose (20 pages MAX).
URL: Tiferet Writing Contest

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: American Fiction Short Story Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (10,000 words MAX)
URL: American Fiction Short Story Award

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: Curt Johnson Prose Awards, PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105, Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Prose (8,000 words MAX)
URL: 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: Hospital Drive: The Literature and Humanities Journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Email Address
Entry Fee: Subscribe to online edition
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: 2015 Hospital Drive Identity Contest

Deadline: 6/27/2015
Submit to: Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $5/poem
First Prize: $100 plus online publication
Type: Poetry unpublished original poems written in English (of any length, in any style), which best relates gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender life by a poet who is 18 or older.
URL: Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

Deadline: 6/30/2015
Submit to: May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Bauhan Publishing, P.O. Box 117, Peterborough, NH 03458. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (80 pages MAX)
URL: May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: 6/30/2015
Submit to: Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 (short story) with publication, $3,000 (young adult novel), $5,000 (novel) with publishing contract
Type: Fiction
URL: Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction

Deadline: 7/15/2015
Submit to: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

Deadline: 7/15/2015
Submit to: The Rattle Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $10,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (4 poems MAX)
URL: The Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Or send payment via PayPal and email via attachment. Email Address
Entry Fee: $5 per poem, $10 per short story (if mailed). $7/$12 respectively if by PayPal.
First Prize: Poetry/$250, Writing/$500
Type: Poetry (1 poem, 30 lines MAX) and short stories (1 story, 5 pages MAX).
URL: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2015
Submit to: Helen Short Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $100
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Helen Short Story Contest

Deadline: 8/8/2015
Submit to: Gival Press Short Story Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (5,000 words to 15,000 words MAX)
URL: Gival Press Short Story Award

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: Black Warrior Review Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (7,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
URL: Black Warrior Review Contest

Deadline: 9/30/2015
Submit to: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10 per poem
First Prize: $1,500
Type: Poetry
URL: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Deadline: 10/1/2015
Submit to: Short Story Contest, Boston Review, PO Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142 Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: 12/15/2015
Submit to: Gival Press Poetry Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 20 copies
Type: Poetry (45 pages MIN)
URL: Gival Press Poetry Award

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