Contests

BOA Short Fiction Prize

For: Authors more concerned with the artfulness of their writing than the twists and turns of plot (i.e. the majority of genre writing such as mystery, science fiction, horror, etc.)

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: April 1 – May 31, 2020

Prize: Book publication by BOA Editions LTD. IN spring 2022, a $1,000 honorarium

Submission details and guidelines

Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets

For: New poets

Open to: Poets who have not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press

Entry Period: January 1 – June 1, 2020

Prize: Publication and $1,000

Submission details and guidelines

Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

For: New writers

Open to: Writers who have not yet published a book of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press

Entry Period: June 2 – September 30, 2020

Prize: Publication and $1,000

Submission details and guidelines

Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook / Novelette Contest

For: Magic realism and literary forms of fantasy, science fiction, horror, fable, and myth. Stories can be primarily realistic, with elements of non-realism, or primarily, or entirely non-realistic

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: September 1 – October 15, 2020

Prize: $1,000 prize, publication of the perfect bound pocket series chapbook / novelette with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning chapbook / novelette, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including prominent display ads in Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications.

Submission details and guidelines

The Black River Chapbook Competition

For: Unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length

Open to: New, emerging, and established writers

Entry Period: April 1 – May 31, 2020

Prize: Book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book

Submission details and guidelines

Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: March 1 – April 13, 2020

Prize: $1,000

Submission details and guidelines

Poetry Chapbook Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: May 1 – June 15, 2020

Prize: $1,000

Submission details and guidelines

Diana Woods Memorial Award

For: Non-Fiction

Open to: Unpublished work

Entry Period: Year Round

Prize: Publication in Lunch Ticket and $250

Submission details and guidelines

Twitter Poetry Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Unpublished works

Entry Period: Year Round

Prize: Publication on the Twitter Poetry Contest Page with the Lunch Ticket (Note: The poem will also be pinned to the top of the Lunch Ticket Twitter page for the remainder of the month)

Submission details and guidelines

The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts

For: Prose and Poetry

Open to: Translators and authors of multi-lingual texts

Entry Period:

February 2020 (for publication in the June)

August 2020 (for publication in December)

Prize: Publication in Lunch Ticket and $200

Submission details and guidelines

Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: March 1, 2020 – April 13, 2020

Prize: TBD

Submission details and guidelines

The Elyse Wolf Prize

For: Chapbook of Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: TBD in March 2020

Prize: Publication and $500

Submission details and guidelines

Full-Length Poetry Book Contest with Jacar Press

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: January 1 – April 30, 2020

Prize: Publication and a contract that pays them 10% of all sales, after publishing expenses are covered, from the first 200 books sold. This royalty escalates to 40% of all sales, after expenses, from copies 201-400 sold. Once the 400 sales figure is reached, writers will receive 50% of all sales, after expenses. Finalists will be considered for publication at the discretion of Jacar Press.

Submission details and guidelines

Poetry Chapbook Competition with Jacar Press

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: January 1 – April 30, 2020

Prize: Publication and a contract that pays them 30% of all sales after the first 200 books are sold. Finalists will be considered for publication at the discretion of Jacar Press.

Submission details and guidelines

The St. Lawrence Book Award

For: An unpublished first collection of poems or short stories

Open to: Any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems

Entry Period: June 1 – June 30, 2020

(Early Bird Entry Period: July 1 – August 31, 2020)

Prize: Publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.

Submission details and guidelines

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