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Deadline: 4/30/2014
Submit to: Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Nimrod Journal, Literary Contest-Fiction, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (7,500 words MAX)
URL: Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction

Deadline: 4/30/2014
Submit to: Noemi Press 2014 Poetry And Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (70 pages MAX) and fiction
URL: Noemi Press 2014 Poetry And Fiction Contest

Deadline: 4/30/2014
Submit to: Norman Mailer College Poetry Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: N/A
First Prize: $2,500
Type: Poetry (10 pages MAX). Only full-time students currently enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges.
URL: Norman Mailer College Poetry Award

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Deadline: 4/30/2014
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: 4/30/2014
Submit to: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Nimrod Journal, Literary Contest-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)
URL: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Deadline: 4/30/2014
Submit to: The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $27
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (80 pages MAX)
URL: The Ashland Poetry Press


Deadline: 4/30/2014
Submit to: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (6,000 words MAX) and nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: 5/1/2014
Submit to: "Broken Worlds" Dystopian Short Story Competition. Send via email DOC attachment. Email Address
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: £100 and all shortlisted entries published in upcoming "Broken Worlds" anthology
Type: Dystopian short stories (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Dystopian Short Story Competition

Deadline: 5/1/2014
Submit to: CBC Poetry Prize. CBC Radio, P.O Box 6000, Montreal, QC, H3C 3A8. Download and complete form if sending by mail. Or send online. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $6000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (400 to 600 words MAX). ONLY Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
URL: CBC Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5/1/2014
Submit to: Extreme Screenplay 2014 Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $40
First Prize: $5,000 and lunch or phone call with Warner Bros executive producer
Type: TV Pilots (60 pages MAX), and screenplays (120 pages MAX)
URL: Extreme Screenplay 2014 Contest

Deadline: 5/1/2014
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: 5/5/2014
Submit to: 2014 Linda Bromberg Award, Quiddity, 1500 North Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62702. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 prose poem)
URL: Linda Bromberg Award for Prose Poetry Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2014
Submit to: Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee: $17
First Prize: $250 plus 50 copies of the printed book
Type: Fiction (25 to 30 pages MAX)
URL: Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 5/15/2014
Submit to: Lynx House Press, PO Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210
Entry Fee: $28
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication of poetry collection
Type: Poetry (48 pages minimum)
URL: Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

Deadline: 5/15/2014
Submit to: Sonora Review Essay Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Sonora Review
Type: Nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Sonora Review

Deadline: 5/15/2014
Submit to: The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, The Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038
Entry Fee: $75
First Prize: $25,000
Type: Poetry (40 pages minimum; book must be submitted one year after publication, NO self-published books)
URL: Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize Entry Form

Deadline: 5/15/2014
Submit to: The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (10 pages MAX)
URL: The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5/16/2014
Submit to: Musicworks' Sonic Geography writing contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $500 plus publication in Musicworks magazine and online
Type: Personal essays (500 words) on how sound influences place and shapes your experience. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. Unlimited entries!
URL: Musicworks magazine

Deadline: 5/18/2014
Submit to: New Letters Literary Awards, University House, 5101 Rockhill Road, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15 (paper submission) or $18 (online submission)
First Prize: $1,500 per genre
Type: Poetry (3 to 6 poems), short stories (8,000 words MAX), and essays (8,000 words MAX)
URL: New Letters Literary Awards

Deadline: 5/28/2014
Submit to: Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $40
First Prize: $1000 plus publication
Type: Fiction. ONLY Canadian citizens or current residents.
URL: Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Deadline: 6/1/2014
Submit to: Arizona Mystery Writers Contest. Arizona Mystery Writers, P.O. Box 31992, Tucson, AZ 85715.
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $200 plus online publication
Type: Mystery/thriller stories ONLY (2,500 words MAX); no horror or sci-fi
URL: Arizona Mystery Writers Contest

Deadline: 6/1/2014
Submit to: Gazing Grain Press Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: Publication, 20% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2014 Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, VA (accommodation and travel within the continental United States will be paid).
Type: Poetry (15 to 25 pages MAX). Only feminist poetry.
URL: Gazing Grain Press Contest

Deadline: 6/1/2014
Submit to: Sonora Review Short Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Sonora Review
Type: Fiction (1,000 words MAX)
URL: Sonora Review

Deadline: 6/2/2014
Submit to: Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee: $14
First Prize: $200 plus publication and 10 copies
Type: Poetry (19 to 27 pages MAX)
URL: Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 6/2/2014
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, 10 pages MAX)
URL: Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: 6/15/2014
Submit to: New American Fiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus 25 copies
Type: Fiction (100 - 500 pages)
URL: New American Fiction Prize

Deadline: 6/15/2014
Submit to: The Akron Poetry Prize, The University of Akron Press, 120 E. Mill Street, Suite 415, Akron, OH 44308
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (90 pages MAX)
URL: The Akron Poetry Prize

Deadline: 6/20/2014
Submit to: Quercus Review Press Spring Book Contest, MJC English Dept., 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 15 copies
Type: Poetry (120 pages MAX)
URL: Quercus Review Press Spring Book Contest

Deadline: 6/25/2014
Submit to: Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (120 pages MAX)
URL: Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

Deadline: 6/30/2014
Submit to: Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests. PO Box 60100, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. Or send via email. Email Address
Entry Fee: $30
First Prize: Publication, plus $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to promote book
Type: Poetry collection (50 to 80 pages MAX), fiction (200-300 pages MAX), and nonfiction books (200-300 pages MAX)
URL: Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Deadline: 6/30/2014
Submit to: Bacopa Literary Review Contests. Online Form
Entry Fee: $11 for non-WAG members
First Prize: $350 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (40 lines MAX, 3 poems MAX), short stories (3,300 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (3,300 words MAX)
URL: Bacopa Literary Review Contests

Deadline: 6/30/2014
Submit to: Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: None
First Prize: $300 plus publication on website
Type: Poetry
URL: Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Deadline: 6/30/2014
Submit to: Burnside Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $200 plus 10 copies
Type: Poetry (18 to 24 pages MAX)
URL: Burnside Review Poetry Chapbook Contest

Deadline: 7/1/2014
Submit to: Obsidian Prize for Fiction. For writers working in or inspired by the West, Big Sky, or big city. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Obsidian Prize

Deadline: 7/4/2014
Submit to: Knowledge of Atlantis, PO Box 22066, Saint Paul, MN 55122
Entry Fee: $1
First Prize: $250
Type: Short play on a specific historical event and write about it. The purpose of the play is to teach your main character Atlas (write as if this character could be played by a male or female) about this significant event.
URL: Knowledge of Atlantis

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: 8/31/2014
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: 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: 10/24/2014
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

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.