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40 Writing Contests to Enter Right Now

40 Writing Contests to Enter Right Now

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40 Writing Contests to Enter Right Now

by Writing Workshops Staff

5 months ago


40 Writing Contests to Enter Right Now

Here is a list of 40 writing contests to enter right now! Get your Late Fall 2021 and 2022 submissions read and out into the world (and, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting, we've got you covered):

Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/21

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

Five prizes of $5,000 are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive 10 copies of their chapbook and an...

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Story Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Story Magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit a short story of no more than 10,000 words with a $25 entry fee by...

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Nowhere

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/21/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of at least $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner's agent and...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. The winner will have their work reviewed by agents from Bankoff Collaborative, the...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $65,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $51,912) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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Moth

Cash Prize: $7,032
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €6,000 (approximately $7,032) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,172) each...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sommer Browning will judge. Using only the online...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website will be given annually for a group of poems from a manuscript-in-progress. Major Jackson will judge....

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an unpublished or published book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published no more than one book and who currently live in...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Chard deNiord will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by African...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,200 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press will be given annually for a collection of short works of fiction. Submit any combination of short stories, flash...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Traci Brimhall will...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit 28 to 48 pages of poems and a $25 entry fee, which includes a copy...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Claire V. Foxx will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/22

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay “that seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/3/22

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 1/4/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with an $8...

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Cash Prize: $72,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/4/22

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student is given...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/12/22

Grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Gillian Conoley will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/22

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/15/22

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to...

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Asheville Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Malaprop's Bookstore...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the competition website is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed...

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Fordham University at Lincoln Center 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. The winners also receive a publicity consultation and headline...

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