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Deadline: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $8
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Prose (5,000 words MAX). MUST BE works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate boundaries imposed by genre and other labels.
URL: Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest

Deadline: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Augury Books. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: Complimentary copies
Type: Poetry manuscripts (45 to 80 pages) and short story/creative nonfiction collections (150 to 220 pages)
URL: Augury Books

Deadline: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short fiction (3 stories, 500 words MAX)
URL: Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest


Deadline: 7/31/2015
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: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Press 53 Award for Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $30
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry manuscripts (60 to 120 pages MAX)
URL: Press 53 Award for Poetry

Deadline: 7/31/2015
Submit to: Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (30 pages MAX)
URL: Seattle Review Chapbook Contest


Deadline: 8/1/2015
Submit to: Helen Short Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: $100
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Helen Short Story Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2015
Submit to: The Lindenwood Review Prose Poetry Contest. Email Address
First Prize: $50 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: The Lindenwood Review Prose Poetry Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2015
Submit to: The Malahat Review - Creative Nonfiction Contest, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Stn CSC, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2, Canada. Or email. Email Address
Entry Fee: $35-45
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
URL: The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Literary Contest

Deadline: 8/1/2015
Submit to: The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Non-fiction, & Poetry. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (8,000 words MAX)
URL: The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Non-fiction, & Poetry

Deadline: 8/5/2015
Submit to: William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (5,500 words MAX)
URL: William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

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: 8/10/2015
Submit to: StoryQuarterly's Nonfiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (6,250 words MAX)
URL: StoryQuarterly's Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: 8/14/2015
Submit to: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Contest, c/o Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $500 plus brief reading at F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
Type: Fiction (4,000 words MAX). MUST BE from MD, VA, or Washington, D.C.
URL: F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest

Deadline: 8/15/2015
Submit to: 2015 1/2K Prize Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 and publication
Type: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (8 pages MAX). Hybrid genres welcome.
URL: Indiana Review

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

Deadline: 8/15/2015
Submit to: Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $400, invitation to read from his or her winning work at the conference
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) or fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest

Deadline: 8/16/2015
Submit to: The Texas Observer Short Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (2,500 words MAX). Stories with a Texas setting or theme are encouraged.
URL: The Texas Observer Short Story Contest

Deadline: 8/20/2015
Submit to: The New Guard Review Machigonne Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: The New Guard Review Machigonne Fiction Contest

Deadline: 8/21/2015
Submit to: Tinderbox Poetry Journal Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: Tinderbox Poetry Journal Contest

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: Attn: Benjamin Saltman Award, Red Hen Press, PO Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (48 pages minimum)
URL: Benjamin Saltman Award

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: Blue Mesa Review. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: Publication, $500 cash prize
Type: Poetry (3 pieces MAX), prose (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Blue Mesa Review

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: EMP Publishing 2nd Annual Creepy Campfire Stories Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $900 plus publication
Type: Fiction (25,000 words MAX)
URL: EMP Publishing 2nd Annual Creepy Campfire Stories Contest

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: Gulf Coast, ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, Department of English, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3013. Or send via online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $17
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Prose poetry, flash fiction, or micro-essays (3 pieces, 500 words MAX)
URL: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: Snake Nation Press, 110 West Force Street, Valdosta, GA 31601. Or send via email and pay online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (75-100 pages MAX)
URL: Snake Nation Press

Deadline: 8/31/2015
Submit to: Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15 (poetry), $7 (flash fiction), or $15 (short stories)
First Prize: $500 for short story, $150 for flash fiction, $150 for poetry plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 pages MAX), flash fiction (500 words MAX), and short stories (1,000 to 7,500 words MAX)
URL: Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Contest

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 and publication
Type: Submit two copies of your poetry manuscript and inform them if the manuscript is available electronically.
URL: Sandeen Prize in Poetry

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $3
First Prize: $250 plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 poem MAX, up to 10 poems per writer). MUST HAVE Jewish topic.
URL: Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 2015 Poetry Contest, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291.
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus invitation to read at the Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest Reading
Type: Poetry (4 poems MAX)
URL: Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: Black Warrior Review Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (7,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
URL: Black Warrior Review Contest

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: NANO Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20.00
First Prize: Publication and $1,000
Type: Fiction (300 words MAX)
URL: NANO Fiction

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: phren-Z. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and the winning poem will be read at the annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading at UCSC
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: phren-Z

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: Slippery Elm Literary Journal Poetry and Prose Contests. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Slippery Elm Literary Journal Poetry and Prose Contests

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: The 2015 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication and residency
Type: Prose manuscripts (40,000 to 90,000 words MAX)
URL: The 2015 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

Deadline: 9/1/2015
Submit to: The Wonder Institute's Annual Essay Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $21
First Prize: $750 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website.
Type: Creative Nonfiction (1,500 words MAX)
URL: Click Here

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: 9/30/2015
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: 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: 10/14/2015
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: 11/30/2015
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

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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