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$2,000 AND PUBLICATION—Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award—$2,000 and publication with Ingram distribution for the winning 60- to 80-page poetry manuscript authored by a poet living in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, or Alaska). Reading fee: $15. Deadline: May 15. Judge: Priscilla Long. Winner announced July. This annual award honors the memory of MoonPath Press poet Sally Albiso, who passed away in 2019. All entrants receive Sally Albiso’s posthumous collection, Light Entering My Bones. For more details, go to moonpathpress.com or submittable.com.
$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by June 30 — Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I cannot overestimate the value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer.” — J. L. Schneider, NY. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
$5,000 NEW AMERICAN VOICES AWARD: a post-publication book prize for immigrant writers, from Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research. Submissions in fiction and creative nonfiction. Two finalists receive $1,000 each. The 2021 judges are Irina Reyn, Justin Torres, and Melissa Rivero. View the full guidelines: fallforthebook.org/submitnav.
$8,700 IN PRIZES AND PUBLICATION. Imagine 2200, a new climate fiction contest from Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, is accepting submissions now through April 12. Entry is free. The contest seeks 3,000- to 5,000-word stories imagining a just and regenerative future. Complete guidelines at grist.submittable.com.
2021 AGHA SHAHID ALI POETRY MANUSCRIPT PRIZE. $1,000 award, publication with the University of Utah Press, and a reading with the Guest Writer’s Series. Deadline: April 15. 2021. Judge: Matthew Olzmann. Reading fee: $25. Open to new and established poets. Online submissions available. Guidelines are available at uofupress.com/ali-poetry-prize.php.
2021 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Felt in the Jaw and Mostly Dead Things. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/contests/fiction 2021.php.
THE 2021 ORISON PRIZES IN POETRY & FICTION offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Jericho Brown (poetry) & Debra Spark (fiction). Entry fee: $25. Entry period: December 1, 2020–April 1, 2021. For complete guidelines visit duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/orison-prizes-poetry-fiction-eyhfu.
2021 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS for Poetry and Short Fiction. $1,000 first prize in each category plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Reading fee: $15. Poetry judged by Stacy R. Nigliazzo. Short Fiction judged by Dennis McFadden. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online through Submittable. Details at www.press53.com/prime-number-magazine-awards.
2021 RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTESET awards $1,000 and publication for the best poem. Guest judge TBA, on the website soon. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription to River Styx; $15 fee includes prize-winner issue only. Up to 3 poems per entry. May 31 deadline. Complete guidelines at www.riverstyx.org/contests.
20TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS OSCAR WILDE AWARD for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize: $500; publication on website. Reading fee: $20 for up to 3 poems submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27, 2021. Details, visit website: www.givalpress.com or givalpress.submittable.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
THE 23RD ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication, will be awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or via lynxhousepress.submittable.com. Past winners include Kirsten Kaschock, Joe Wilkins, Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: June 15.
ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $15,000 for a single poem, plus a $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/poetry/prize.
ATLANTA REVIEW 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 25 contestants published. Thirty merit winners, listed on honor roll, receive a free copy. Deadline: May 1. $15 for 5 poems, multiple separate submissions allowed. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only: atlantareview.submittable.com.
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY’S ZONE 3 PRESS is excited to announce the 2021 Creative Nonfiction Book Award. We are looking for creative nonfiction manuscripts of 120–250 pages. The reading period is January 1–April 1. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. Final judge is Wendy S. Walters. Find us on Submittable or visit www.zone3press.com/books/nonfiction-contest.
BARRY SPACKS POETRY PRIZE. Gunpowder Press is accepting book-length manuscripts of 48–100 pages for the 7th annual Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, which honors Barry’s legacy of accessible yet challenging work. The prize is $500 + 50 author copies. Entry fee is $20. Lynne Thompson will judge. Full details at gunpowderpress.com.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2022 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Meg Kearney. For submission guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize. Or go to bauhanpublishing.submittable.com/submit.
BE PART OF A 150-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine. Each of our 4 contests awards $1,000 or more, and applicants receive a complimentary copy. Submissions June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard. Website: www.reedmag.org/submit.
CHRISTOPHER HEWITT AWARD, presented by A&U Magazine, showcases outstanding responses to HIV/AIDS. $75 and publication for winners in each of the following categories: poetry, fiction, drama (10-minute plays), nonfiction. No entry fee. Deadline: June 15. For details: http://bit.ly/2GhaRB9.
CIDER PRESS REVIEW EDITORS’ PRIZE for a book-length poetry collection in English. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $26. Judges: CPR editors. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript: www.ciderpressreview.com/submit. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.
COMSTOCK REVIEW CELEBRATES ITS 35TH YEAR of independent publication in 2021. We are honored that Juan Felipe Herrera, 2015 Poet Laureate of the United States, will be the judge of our Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, single poem contest. Send submissions after April 1 to deadline July 1 postmark. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed, 40 lines of poetry max. U.S. Mail entry fee: $5 per poem. Submittable: 1-5 poems, $25 plus online fee listed on website. www.comstockreview.org. Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. www.facebook.com/comstock-review186488898068352.
CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT CT Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Connecticut Book Awards. These awards recognize the best titles of 2020 about Connecticut or by authors and illustrators from Connecticut. Categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young readers. For guidelines and to submit, please visit ctcenterforthebook.org.
CONNECTICUT POETRY AWARD of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee: $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80-line limit. Submit via connecticutriverreview.submittable.com.Opens April 1, deadline May 31. Prizes: First: $400; second: $100; third: $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. See guidelines on Submittable and CPS website: ctpoetry.net.
THE COWLES OPEN POETRY BOOK PRIZE. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pp, $25 reading fee. Deadline: April 1. Submit through our Submittable account. Guidelines at www.semopress.com/events/cowles-prize.
CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2021 POETRY PRIZE. Judge: Camille T. Dungy. $500 plus publication. Submit up to 4 poems. $16 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. Winner & finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review. Deadline: May 15. Full guidelines: crabcreekreview.org/contests.html.
DECEMBER MAGAZINE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS for our 2021 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and creative nonfiction. Prizes each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2021 Fall/Winter awards issue. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit 1 story or essay up to 8,000 words from March 1 to May 1. For complete guidelines and judge information visit our website: decembermag.org/2021-curt-johnson-prose-awards.
DZANC BOOKS SEEKS INNOVATIVE literary fiction, nonfiction, and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, as well as the Short Story Collection Prize and the Nonfiction Prize. $25 reading fee per submission. Contests open March 1. Details at dzancbooks.org.
ENTER -1000 BELOW, Midway Journal’s annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. $500 grand prize. $250 second prize. $50 third prize. $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to midwayjournal.com.
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2021 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story. $1,000 total awards. Award winners may read on stage. Deadline: April 16. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Submit by e-mail at email@example.com. Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available: www.artsandheritage.com/the-arts/literary-arts.
FOURTH GENRE STEINBERG ESSAY CONTEST is accepting submissions from January 1–March 15 at fourthgenre.submittable.com. Winning author receives $1,000 and publication in the issue that’s featured at AWP. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Detailed submission guidelines: fourthgenre.msu.edu.
HELP FUND OUR RURAL COLORADO POETRY COMMUNITY in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry award contests: the Fischer/Cantor Prizes. Poet Donald Levering of Santa Fe our judge. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and 5 prizes of $200. $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: August 31. Art Goodtimes. tellurideinstitute.org/talking-gourds.
INDIGO MOOR WILL BE the guest judge of the MacGuffin’s 26th Poet Hunt. First prize will receive $500 and publication. Send up to 5 poems per $15 entry fee via Submittable, e-mail, or post. Entries accepted from April 1 to June 15. Fee includes one free issue. Full guidelines: schoolcraft.edu/macguffin.
LESLIE MCGRATH POETRY PRIZE. Leslie McGrath was an accomplished poet and educator whose work touched many lives. A prize of $1,000, publication in Helix magazine online, print annual, and participation in an event will be awarded to the contest winner. Renowned poet Marilyn Nelson will judge. Visit the website for complete poetry submission guidelines. The Helix literary magazine is published at Central Connecticut State University. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: helixmagazine.org.
THE MARIA W. FAUST SONNET CONTEST is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world. Prizes totaling up to $2,000 are awarded. Three sonnets may be entered for each $5 entry fee. Youth and undergraduate students may enter for free. Deadline: June 1. Website: sonnetcontest.org. E-mail: email@example.com.
NELLIGAN PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION. $2,000 awarded for the winning short story, plus publication in the Fall 2021 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline: Postmark of March 14. Entry fee: $15. Final judge: T. Geronimo Johnson. Friends and students of the judge are ineligible to compete. Obtain complete guidelines at nelliganprize.colostate.edu or Nelligan Prize, Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.
NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Seventh year. Grand prize of $5,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Cosponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, Graphic Novel & Memoir, and Art Book (new!). $13,750 in total cash prizes. Fee: $65 per book. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines: winningwriters.com/north.
THE ORCHARD STREET PRESS announces its fourth annual Poetry Contest: $500 first prize, $300 second, $200 third. Prize-winning and other submitted poems will appear in Quiet Diamonds, our annual poetry journal, and select entrants will be invited to submit chapbooks for possible publication. This year, we are publishing 12 chapbooks from entrants to the 2020 contest. Submit 4 previously unpublished, original poems and the $14 fee to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Entries can also be submitted via our website. Deadline: April 30. For submission details, check our website: orchpress.com.
POETRY CONTEST. Deadline: April 15. Winners read at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Any subject, 40 lines max, 51 cash awards. Three grand prizes choreographed. Send 2 copies, 1 with ID. One: $5, three: $10, no limit to number of entries. To: Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Website: www.dancingpoetry.com.
THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approximately $2,800 for Book of the Year and category winners. Winners also receive write-ups on Goodreads and a glass plaque. Reputable judges. Entry fee $60. Closing date March 31. www.ruberybookaward.com.
SHORT STORY CONTEST FOR WOMEN OVER 45, sponsored by NextTribe, the digital magazine for women. Deadline: April 11. Prize: $500 & publication; $100 & publication for 2 runners up. 20 pages, double spaced, max. Entry fee: $10 members, $45 non-members (includes 1 year membership). Guidelines: nexttribe.com/short-story-contest.
THE SMOKELONG QUARTELRY GRAND MICRO COMPETITION 2021. Grand prize: $1,500. All finalists paid at least $100. Word limit: 400. Submissions period open from March 1 to May 16. Entry fees starting at $6. More information at smokelong.com.
SRPR (SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW) Poetry Review) 2021 Editor’s Prize: Winner awarded $1,000 + judge’s introduction + honorarium and all-expense-paid visit to Illinois for our annual reading. Two runners up awarded $100 each. 3–5 honorable mentions. All winning poems plus several finalists are published. 2020 Judge: Austin Smith. 2021 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to 3 poems by April 15. Entry fee of $20 includes 1-year subscription (2 issues). See website for guidelines and recent winners: www.litline.org/spoon.
SUBMIT TO THE HILARY GRAVENDYK PRIZE. Judges: Margaret Ronda and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella. 48–100 pages poetry book manuscript through Submittable February 1–April 30. $20 submission fee. Two prizes: National and Regional, $1,000 plus 20 copies. Judged blind. Complete details available at: http://inlandiainstitute.org/books/the-hillary-gravendyk-prize.
SWAN SCYTHE PRESS Press announces its 2021 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. We are accepting submissions from March 1 to June 15 (postmark deadline). Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. The 2020 winner is Lana Ghannam for Evolution of Stone. For full guidelines, visit www.swanscythepress.com and swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit.
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST. 29th year. Prize for best short story: $3,000. Prize for best essay: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Dennis Norris II. Submit by April 30. Enter at winningwriters.com/tomstory.
WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. No fee. 20th year. Top prize: $2,000. Total prizes: $3,500. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Submit 1 humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter at winningwriters.com/wergle.
WRITERS OVER 50. Passager Poetry Contest. Deadline: April 15. Reading fee: $20, includes 1-year subscription. $1,000 and publication. Honorable mentions published. Submit 5 poems, 40-line max each, cover letter, bio, SASE/e-mail for results. Snail mail or Submittable. No previously published work. Passager, 5840 Pimlico Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209. Website: www.passagerbooks.com