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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: 11/30/2014
Submit to: InkTears Short Story Competition 2014. Submission Link
Entry Fee: £6
First Prize: £1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (1,000 to 3,500 words)
URL: InkTears Short Story Competition 2014

Deadline: 11/30/2014
Submit to: The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. Online Form
First Prize: $300 plus publication
Type: Poetry (6 poems MAX)
URL: The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers


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: Wabash Prize For Nonfiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
URL: Wabash Prize For Nonfiction

Deadline: 12/1/2014
Submit to: Wabash Prize For Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 6 pages MAX)
URL: Wabash Prize For Poetry


Deadline: 12/15/2014
Submit to: Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $300 plus publication
Type: Flash fiction (1,000 words MAX)
URL: Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 12/15/2014
Submit to: Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

Deadline: 12/21/2014
Submit to: Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest. Email Address
Entry Fee: N/A
First Prize: Published in March issue of Toasted Cheese, plus Amazon gift card
Type: Fiction (4,000 words MAX). Must use theme IT’S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE and the number 13 must appear in story.
URL: Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest

Deadline: 12/31/2014
Submit to: Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Or send online. Online Form
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Short stories (8,000 words MAX)
URL: Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Deadline: 12/31/2014
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: 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: 12/31/2014
Submit to: Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction. Send via online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (7,500 words MAX)
URL: Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

Deadline: 1/1/2015
Submit to: Mississippi Review Prize 2012, 118 College Drive #5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 10 pages MAX) and short stories (8,000 words MAX)
URL: The 2015 Mississippi Review Prize

Deadline: 1/1/2015
Submit to: Tupelo Quarterly 6 Prose Open Contest. Send via online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (15 pages MAX) and essays (15 pages MAX)
URL: Tupelo Quarterly 6 Prose Open Contest

Deadline: 1/14/2015
Submit to: Colorado Prize For Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (100 pages MAX)
URL: Colorado Prize For Poetry

Deadline: 1/15/2015
Submit to: Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (8,000 words MAX)
URL: Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: 1/15/2015
Submit to: The Boiler Flash Essay Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $600 plus publication
Type: Flash essays (600 words MAX)
URL: The Boiler Flash Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/31/2015
Submit to: The 46er Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10 for 3 poems
First Prize: $400 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: The 46er Poetry Prize

Deadline: 1/31/2015
Submit to: Writers@Work Fellowship Competition. Submission Link
Type: Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Writers@Work Fellowship Competition

Deadline: 2/1/2015
Submit to: Arcadia Short Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (12,000 words MAX)
URL: Arcadia Short Story Contest

Deadline: 2/1/2015
Submit to: Helen Short Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $100
Type: Short stories about music (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Helen Short Story Contest

Deadline: 2/15/2015
Submit to: Booth Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: Booth Poetry Contest

Deadline: 2/15/2015
Submit to: CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $35
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Documentary writing (literary nonfiction) (20 pages MAX)
URL: CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Deadline: 2/16/2015
Submit to: bioStories Essay Contest. Email Address
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $250 plus publication
Type: Essays (3,000 words MAX)
URL: bioStories Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: The Weather Issue Essay 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
Type: Essays (4,000 words MAX)
URL: The Weather Issue Essay 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: 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, 10 pages MAX)
URL: Boston Review Annual Poetry 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.

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