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Deadline: 9/5/2015
Submit to: Dogwood 2015 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 2015 Contest

Deadline: 9/5/2015
Submit to: The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, Jan Beatty, Director of Creative Writing, Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus round-trip travel, lodging, a reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, and publication in Voices from the Attic
Type: Poetry (2 poems MAX, 75 lines MAX). Only women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the U.S., who have not published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded).
URL: Dobler Poetry Award

Deadline: 9/21/2015
Submit to: Essay Contest, Real Simple, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 9th floor, New York, NY 10020. Email Address
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Creative nonfiction (1,500 words MAX)
URL: Real Simple's Life Lessons Essay Contest


Deadline: 9/30/2015
Submit to: Literal Latté Awards, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Essays (8,000 words MAX)
URL: Literal Latte Essay Awards

Deadline: 9/30/2015
Submit to: The New Criterion Poetry Prize, 900 Broadway, Suite 602, New York, NY 10003
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (60 pages MAX)
URL: New Criterion Poetry Prize

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: Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 poem, 5 pages MAX), fiction (6,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (6,500 words MAX)
URL: Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Award

Deadline: 10/1/2015
Submit to: Moon City Short Fiction Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and a standard royalty
Type: Fiction manuscripts (30,000 to 65,000 words)
URL: Moon City Short Fiction Award

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: 10/1/2015
Submit to: Talking Writing Contest for All Boundary Crossers. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 and publication
Type: Hybrid poetry (5 pages MAX)
URL: Talking Writing Contest for All Boundary Crossers

Deadline: 10/14/2015
Submit to: The Calvino Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (25 pages MAX)
URL: The Calvino Prize

Deadline: 11/1/2015
Submit to: Open Season Awards, The Malahat Review, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Stn CSC, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2 CANADA. Email Address
Entry Fee: $35 in Canada, $40 in the US
First Prize: $1,500 (Canadian funds) plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 100 lines MAX), fiction (2,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (2,500 words MAX)
URL: Open Season Awards

Deadline: 11/1/2015
Submit to: The Briar Cliff Review Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: The Briar Cliff Review Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest

Deadline: 11/30/2015
Submit to: A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. BOA Editions, Ltd., ATTN: A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 30971, Rochester, NY 14603
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (48 to 100 pages MAX) for poets at least 18 years of age who have yet to publish a full-length-book collection of poetry.
URL: A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Deadline: 11/30/2015
Submit to: Atlantis Short Story Contest. Send via DOC, DOCX, or PDF attachment. Email Address
Entry Fee: Starts at $10
First Prize: $300 + in-depth feedback + publication on the website + promotion
Type: Short stories (2,500 words MAX)
URL: Atlantis Short Story Contest
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Deadline: 12/1/2015
Submit to: The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $200 plus publication
Type: Flash Fiction (1,500 words MAX)
URL: The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

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

Deadline: 1/1/2016
Submit to: Mississippi Review Prize, 118 College Drive #5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (3-5 poems, 10 pages MAX) and short stories (8,000 words MAX)
URL: The 2016 Mississippi Review Prize

Deadline: 4/1/2016
Submit to: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 poem, 250 lines MAX)
URL: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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