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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: Baltimore Review Summer 2015 Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (3 poems MAX), short stories, and creative nonfiction (3,000 words MAX). MUST BE on theme of Crime.
URL: Baltimore Review Summer 2015 Contest

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: 5/31/2015
Submit to: The Bridport Prize, PO box 6910, Bridport, DT6 9BQ, UK. Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: £7-£9
First Prize: £50-£5000
Type: Poetry (42 lines MAX) and fiction (5,000 words MAX). Open to all nationalities.
URL: The Bridport Prize

Deadline: 5/31/2015
Submit to: The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $400 plus publication
Type: Short stories (10,000 words MAX)
URL: The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction


Deadline: 5/31/2015
Submit to: The London Magazine's Poetry Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem, subsequent poems are £5 per poem
First Prize: £300 plus publication
Type: Poetry
URL: The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition

Deadline: 6/1/2015
Submit to: 2015 Fiction Prize, Salamander/Suffolk University English Department, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108. Or send online. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Fiction (30 pages MAX)
URL: Salamander Fiction Prize

Deadline: 6/1/2015
Submit to: Betty Gabehart Prize, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, University of Kentucky, 232 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0344
Entry Fee: $10/poem, story, or essay
First Prize: $200, plus up to $100 in travel, lodging, or dining expenses (receipts required); 2 two-day passes to the conference; opportunity to read the work; space in a small writing workshop.
Type: Poetry (5 pages MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Betty Gabehart 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 MAX)
URL: Boston Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: 6/1/2015
Submit to: Southern Indiana Review, Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $2000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (8,500 words MAX)
URL: Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award

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: 6/15/2015
Submit to: American Fiction Short Story Award. Online Form
Entry Fee: $16
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories (10,000 words MAX)
URL: American Fiction Short Story Award

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: Curt Johnson Prose Awards, PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105, Or online form. Online Form
Entry Fee: $20
First Prize: $1,500 plus publication
Type: Prose (8,000 words MAX)
URL: 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: Hospital Drive: The Literature and Humanities Journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Email Address
Entry Fee: Subscribe to online edition
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
URL: 2015 Hospital Drive Identity Contest

Deadline: 6/15/2015
Submit to: The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee: $15
First Prize: $500 plus publication
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX)
URL: The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize

Deadline: 6/21/2015
Submit to: The Stoneslide Story Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Type: Short stories or narrative nonfiction (10,000 words MAX)
URL: The Stoneslide Corrective Short Story 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: Autumn House Press, PO Box 60100, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Entry Fee: $30.00
First Prize: The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
Type: Poetry (collection 50-80 pages), fiction (200-300 pages), nonfiction (200-300 pages)
URL: Autumn House Press

Deadline: 6/30/2015
Submit to: May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Bauhan Publishing, P.O. Box 117, Peterborough, NH 03458. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Poetry (80 pages MAX)
URL: May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: 6/30/2015
Submit to: Omnidawn Publishing. Online Form
Entry Fee: Include check or money order made to Omnidawn for the reading fee of either $27 or $30. Enclose $27 if you choose to receive NO book. OR, if you have a U.S mailing address, enclose $30 to receive your choice of a currently available Omnidawn book.
First Prize: $3000 and publication.
Type: Poetry book contest, MAX page count of 120 pages. (Most manuscripts they receive are 40-70 pages long.)
URL: Three Omnidawn Postal & Online Poetry Contests 2015–2016

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: 7/1/2015
Submit to: Clive Cussler Adventure Writer's Competition. Submission Link
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000, press release announcing winners and runner's up, "Clive" trophy, access to industry professionals, including editors, past winners, movie director, literary professors.
URL: Clive Cussler Adventure Writer's Competition

Deadline: 7/10/2015
Submit to: The Mark Twain House & Museum Submission Link
Entry Fee: $22.00
First Prize: 1st Prize: $1,000 • 2nd Prize: $500 • 3rd Prize: $250
Type: 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing.
URL: The Mark Twain House & Museum

Deadline: 7/15/2015
Submit to: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose. Online Form
Entry Fee: $10
First Prize: $1,000
Type: Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (6,000 words MAX)
URL: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

Deadline: 7/15/2015
Submit to: Stillhouse Press' Mary Roberts Rinehart Non-Fiction Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee: $25
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Type: Nonfiction (90,000 words MAX)
URL: Stillhouse Press' Mary Roberts Rinehart Non-Fiction Contest

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: 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: 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: 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: 8/8/2015
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: 8/14/2015
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: 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: 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: 9/30/2015
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: 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

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