Contests

The Word Count Short Fiction Contest

For: Unpublished works of short fiction

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: March 1 – March 31, 2020

Prize:

– Endorsement of the piece on The Word Count’s Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter Account and Pinterest Board.

– Inclusion of the piece under “The Word Count Creative Writing Contests” reading list on Wattpad.

Submission guidelines and details:

The short story should be no longer than 2,000 words and can address any subject matter. All submissions must be formatted in double spaced, Times New Roman 12-pt font. To enter, please email your pdf submission to thewordcount@yahoo.com (subject: Writing Contest Spring 2020). The contest winner will be announced on our Facebook Page and in our Facebook group.

American Poets Continuum Series

For: Mid-career poets

Open to: Published poets only

Entry Period: February 1 – February 29, 2020

Submission details and guidelines

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: An unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length

Open to: New, emerging, and established writers

Entry Period: September 1 – October 31, 2019

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

Submission details and guidelines

2021 Alice James Award

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Reading Period: September, 2019 – March , 2020

Prize: $2000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium

Submission details and guidelines

Colorado Prize for Poetry

For: An unpublished manuscript of poetry between 48 – 100 pages

Open to: Anyone except

-friends and students (current and former) of the final judge: Kiki Petrosino

-Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni

Entry Period: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020

Prize: $2,000 honorarium and publication through the Center for Literary Publishing and distribution through the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2020.

Submission details and guidelines

The Hudson Prize

For: Unpublished collection of poems or short stories

Open to: New, emerging, and established writers

Entry Period: February 1 – March 31, 2020

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

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

First/Second Book Poetry Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Entry Period: November 1 – February 18, 2020

Prize: $3,000

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

Main Street Rag Poetry Book Contest

For: Poetry

Open to: Anyone

Reading Period: December 1, 2019 – February 1, 2020

Prize: Publication, 50 copies of the published book, and $1200.
(Runners up will also be considered for publication)

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

© 2020 by Naomi Roberson

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