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Deadline: 3/31/2015
Submit to: Fifth 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: Fifth 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: 3/31/2015
Submit to: The University of Utah Press, c/o The Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 South 1500 East, Suite 5400, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0860. Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Poetry manuscripts (48 to 100 pages MAX)
URL: Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize

Deadline: 4/1/2015
Submit to: Robert Crawford, The Frost Farm Prize, 280 Candia Rd., Chester, NH 03036
Entry Fee: $5 per poem
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Metrical poetry
URL: The Frost Farm Prize

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: Amy Wright, Acquisitions Editor, Zone 3 Press, Creative Nonfiction Book Award, Austin Peay State University, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Creative nonfiction books (150 to 300 pages)
URL: Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award

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: New South Writing Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and prose (9,000 words MAX)
URL: New South Writing Contest

Deadline: 4/15/2015
Submit to: Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize, Campus Box 4241, Publications Unit, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4241. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems, 10 pages MAX)
URL: Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize

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: 4/16/2015
Submit to: Flyway's Sweet Corn Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $12
First Prize: $500 and publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and fiction (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Flyway's Sweet Corn Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2015
Submit to: Passages North, Northern Michigan University. 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1000 and publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and nonfiction (10,000 words MAX)
URL: Passages North Contests

Deadline: 4/21/2015
Submit to: Crab Orchard Review Literary Contests. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $2,000 per genre plus publication
Type: Poetry (1 poem, 5 pages MAX), short stories (6,000 words MAX), and literary nonfiction (6,500 words MAX)
URL: Crab Orchard Review Literary Contests

Deadline: 4/21/2015
Submit to: Solstice: A Magazine Of Diverse Voices Annual Lit Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $18
First Prize: $500-$1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX) and prose (23 pages MAX)
URL: Solstice: A Magazine Of Diverse Voices Annual Lit 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: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Email Address
Entry Fee: $25 CAD for Canadian entries; $30 US for American entries; $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
First Prize: $1,000 (CAD)
Type: Fiction (3,500 words MAX)
URL: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

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 Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (7,500 words MAX)
URL: The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction 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: 5/1/2015
Submit to: Tupelo Quarterly 7 Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX)
URL: Tupelo Quarterly 7 Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5/8/2015
Submit to: The Legendary Women Literary Contest. Send in RTF only. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $5
First Prize: You will win $125.00 USD, have your story published on our site, and have a long form interview featured on our site.
Type: Short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words MAX). MUST BE a strong, woman protagonist lead character; we are not taking erotica/romance fiction or nonfiction/memoirs at this time. We are also not taking stories that glorify or glamorize bigotry or slurs.
URL: The Legendary Women Literary Contest

Deadline: 5/11/2015
Submit to: Creative Nonfiction: The Weather 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 plus publication
Type: Essays (4,000 words MAX) on the topic of "The Weather"
URL: Creative Nonfiction: The Weather Contest

Deadline: 5/15/2015
Submit to: BorderSenses Poetry Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $250 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: BorderSenses Poetry Contest

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: 5/15/2015
Submit to: The Peseroff Prize Poetry Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL: The Peseroff Prize Poetry Competition

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: 5/31/2015
Submit to: Grist: The Journal for Writers Pro Forma Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $18
First Prize: $750 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: Grist: The Journal for Writers Pro Forma Contest

Deadline: 5/31/2015
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: 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: 7/15/2015
Submit to: The Rattle Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $10,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (4 poems MAX)
URL: The Rattle Poetry Prize

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: 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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