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Deadline: 7/31/2014
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: 7/31/2014
Submit to: Narrative Magazine Story Contest. Online Form
First Prize: $2,500
Type: Fiction and nonfiction (15,000 words MAX)
URL: Narrative Magazine Story Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2014
Submit to: ‘London EastEnd’ Short Story Competition. Stories must capture the diversity of London’s East End in some way, shape or form. Email Address
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: Publication. 10% of royalties received will be donated to a UK charity.
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: ‘London EastEnd’ Short Story Competition


Deadline: 8/1/2014
Submit to: Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $2
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Flash fiction (750 words MAX)
URL: Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2014
Submit to: StoryQuarterly Essay Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Essay (6,250 words MAX)
URL: StoryQuarterly Essay Prize

Deadline: 8/15/2014
Submit to: Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 25 copies
Type: Poetry (15 to 35 pages MAX)
URL: Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize


Deadline: 8/31/2014
Submit to: Decameron Fiction Prize. Decameron, c/o Boston Poetry Union, 30 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02216. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $7
First Prize: $300 plus publication
Type: Fiction (1,000 words MAX)
URL: Decameron Fiction Prize

Deadline: 8/31/2014
Submit to: Snake Nation Press, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602. Or send via email and pay online. Email Address
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (50 to 75 pages), novellas (50,000 words), or short story collections (200 pages MAX)
URL: Snake Nation Press Poetry and Fiction Contests

Deadline: 9/1/2014
Submit to: Black Warrior Review Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems), fiction (7,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
URL: Black Warrior Review Contest

Deadline: 9/1/2014
Submit to: Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Smartish Pace, PO Box 22161, Baltimore, MD 21203. Entry fee can be paid through PayPal. Email Address
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $200 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: Erskine J. Poetry Prize

Deadline: 9/1/2014
Submit to: NANO Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Flash fiction (300 words MAX)
URL: http://nanofiction.org/submit

Deadline: 9/1/2014
Submit to: The Coniston Prize from Radar Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (6 poems MAX)
URL: https://radarpoetry.submittable.com/submit

Deadline: 9/1/2014
Submit to: The Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction. 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus standard contract with the Notre Dame Press
Type: Short story manuscript
URL: The Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction

Deadline: 9/5/2014
Submit to: Dogwood 2014 Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 10 pages MAX), fiction (22 pages MAX), and nonfiction (22 pages MAX)
URL: Dogwood 2014 Contest

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
Type: Essays about Waiting (4,000 words MAX)
URL: https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/29602

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: 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: 10/24/2014
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: 11/30/2014
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: 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

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