Welcome to the 16th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2018.
• TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
• MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
• The top two winners will also receive one-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value)
• Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style)
• Top 12 entries published online
Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Please click here for full details. Read the winning entries from the 15th contest. The results of the 16th contest will be announced on April 15, 2019. Fee: $12 per poem.
Ten Lit Mags and Contests with July Deadlines
Deadline: July, 2018
It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the middle of summer, but we’re already nearing the end of our chances for these contests. It’s time to cross some of the items off your summer wishlist, and you can start by finally pressing that submit button!
WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2018
WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Jennifer Thompson with Nordlyset Literary Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.
Prizes: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.
Entry Info: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: August 31, 2018
WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Seeking creative nonfiction essays between 200 – 1000 words on any topic and in any style–from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.
Prizes: 1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow.
Entry Info: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: July 31, 2018
The 2019 PEN America Literary Awards are open for submission
Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored outstanding voices in translation, fiction, poetry, science writing, essay, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year, awarding nearly $350,000 to writers and translators.
Nominations for the PEN/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, PEN/Magid Award for Editing, PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award, and PEN/ESPN Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literary Sports Writing are open to PEN America Members. See the PEN America Awards page for more information.
Kallisto Gaia Press presents the 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details.
Kallisto Gaia Press presents The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize
A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson Hospital. See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details
YellowJacket Press announces the 2018 Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook
Poetry manuscripts should include 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments and be no longer than 24 pages total. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All submissions are through Submittable. Mailed and emailed submissions will not be considered.
The winner of this year’s contest will be announced by Sept. 10, 2018, and will receive $500, 50 copies of the book, and will be invited to read with other YJP poets in October at the Other Words Conference in Tampa.
Submissions are open between June 15 and June 30 midnight or until we reach 200 submissions.
The submissions portal will open at 9AM EST on June 15, 2018. To submit go to www.yellowjacketpress.org/contests.html
Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions Now Open
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018
Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience, which I believe would be of interest to those in your network at The Gulf Coast Writers Association.
The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction. There are no limitations on themes or subject matters, only encouragement to submit work that harnesses the boundless potential of language, offering limitless and unforgettable worlds.
Creative Writing Award Prizes include:
- £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
- Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
- Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
- Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
- One year subscription to Granta
- Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. Entries are open until 31 August 2018.
It is £12 to enter the Poetry category and £18 to enter the Short Fiction category.
For more information visit: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/
Little Bitty Writing Space is an anthology of flash fiction (stories <1,000 words). It is open to all genres and all topics, and writers at any level of experience. As long as your tale is well-told, we want to read it.
The anthology is the third in a series of flash fiction books published by Browncoat Publishing, a local press based in Portland, Oregon run by husband-and-wife team Jason Brick and Rachel Letofsky.
This is a crowdfunded project, and will go live on Kickstarter in early June.
Accepted authors are paid $10 and receive an electronic copy of the anthology once the project funds. Authors receive a print copy free if the project reaches its stretch goal.
If you have a piece that you think could call Little Bitty Writing Space home, please follow the link below and fill out our submissions form.
Writers’ Discussion Group Google+
That Writer Guy