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Deadline: 3/2/2015
Submit to: Cardinal Sins Journal Contest. Online Form
First Prize: $100 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX), flash fiction (1,000 words MAX), fiction (3,750 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (3,750 words MAX).
URL: Cardinal Sins Journal Contest

Deadline: 3/2/2015
Submit to: Portage Magazine c/o B.J. Best English Department Carroll University 100 N. East Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186.
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: 10 copies plus 50% royalties
Type: Poetry chapbook (48 to 84 pages MAX). MUST BE from Upper Midwest (IL, IA, MI, MN, and WI).
URL: Portage Press

Deadline: 3/5/2015
Submit to: The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $30
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (at least 40 pages)
URL: The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award


Deadline: 3/9/2015
Submit to: Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 15 copies
Type: Poetry collection (48 to 75 pages). MUST BE a poet of African descent.
URL: Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Deadline: 3/10/2015
Submit to: New Ohio Review, Attn: [Genre] Contest, English Dept., 360 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Or send online. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication (for each genre)
Type: Poetry (6 pages MAX) and short stories (25 pages MAX)
URL: New Ohio Review Contest

Deadline: 3/14/2015
Submit to: Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (50 pages MAX)
URL: Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction


Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: 49th Parallel Award For Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: 49th Parallel Award For Poetry

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Creative nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: BFF Photo Prompt Writing Contest. See website for photo. Email Address
First Prize: 100 euros (or equivalent currency)
Type: Flash fiction (1,000 words MAX)
URL: BFF Photo Prompt Writing Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: Fiction International Short Short Fiction Contest. Theme: Virus. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (300 words MAX)
URL: Fiction International Short Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: The Southeast Review, Department of English, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 10 pages MAX), essays (6,000 words MAX), and flash fiction (500 words MAX)
URL: The Southeast Review Contests

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: Tobias Wolff Award For Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Tobias Wolff Award For Fiction

Deadline: 3/15/2015
Submit to: Willow Springs Fiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction
URL: Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Deadline: 3/16/2015
Submit to: Literal Latte Food Verse Contest, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, New York 10003
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $500
Type: Poetry (6 poems MAX). MUST HAVE poetry with food as an ingredient.
URL: Literal Latte Food Verse Contest

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Fourth Annual Bosque Fiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $22
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Fiction (1 piece, 5,000 words MAX). MUST BE 40 years of age or older.
URL: Fourth Annual Bosque Fiction Prize

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Fourth Genre Steinberg Nonfiction Contest, 434 Farm Lane, Rm. 235, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Creative nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Steinberg Essay

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Lakefly Writing Contests, c/o Oshkosh Public Library. 106 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901. Or email. Email Address
First Prize: $100 and awards ceremony
Type: Short stories (2,500 words MAX) THEME: Temptation, essays (2,500 words MAX) THEME: Literary character I would most like to meet, and flash fiction (500 words MAX). MUST BE from WI.
URL: Lakefly Literary Conference Contest

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Narrative Magazine Winter 2015 Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $22
First Prize: $2,500
Type: Fiction and nonfiction (15,000 words MAX)
URL: Narrative Magazine Winter 2015 Story Contest

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Prime Number Magazine Awards. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 MAX), fiction and creative nonfiction (5,300 words MAX)
URL: Prime Number Magazine Awards

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. Four Way Books, POB 535 Village Station, New York, NY 10014. Online submissions preferred. Online Form
Entry Fee: $28
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry collection
URL: Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Flash fiction (1,000 words MAX)
URL: The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: The Masters Review. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500, publication, and exposure to 50 literary agents
Type: Fiction and creative nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
URL: The Masters Review

Deadline: 4/13/2015
Submit to: 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

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: Dead Lake Chapbook Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: Publication plus 25 copies
Type: Poetry (20-30 pages MAX)
URL: Dead Lake Chapbook Contest

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: Tebot Bach, Clockwise, Post Office Box 7887, Huntington Beach CA 92615-7887
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry collection (24 to 32 pages MAX)
URL: Tebot Bach Clockwise Chapbook Competition

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: 4/22/2015
Submit to: Writer Advice's 10th Annual Flash Prose Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $200 plus publication
Type: Flash fiction or memoir (750 words MAX)
URL: Writer Advice's 10th Annual Flash Prose Contest

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 5/15/2015
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: 5/30/2015
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: 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

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: 6/27/2015
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: 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: 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: 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

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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