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COMPETITION GUIDE 2020-21

OCTOBER

American Literary Review

Short stories, up to 8,000 words, creative non-fiction, up to 4,000, and poems, up to 3

Prizes: $1,000 and publication in each category

Entry fee: $15

Closing date: 1 October

https://americanliteraryreview.com/

Aryamati Poetry Prize

Poems up to 40 lines, promoting peace and social change

Prizes: 250 copies of your poem printed on special postcards, £100 worth of books, plus critiques

Entry fee: £3, £1 each extra

Closing date: 1 October

www.yonthewallpoetry.co.uk

Boulevard Emerging Writers Competition

Nonfiction up to 8,000 words, by writers without a book published

Prizes: $1,000

Entry fee: $16

Closing date: 1 October

https://boulevardmagazine.org/

Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

Up to 2 poems, each up to 75 lines, by US women aged over 40

Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Entry fee: $20

Closing date: 1 October

www.carlow.edu

Perito Prize

Short stories, 1,000-2,000 words

Prizes: £500 and publication

Free entry

Closing date: 1 October

www.weareperito.com/perito-prize

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Poems up to 70 lines

Prizes: Aus$6,000, 4x$1,000

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 1 October

www.australianbookreview.com.au

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 3,500 words

Prizes: $1,500, 2x$500

Entry fee: $20

Closing date: 1 Oct, next year’s should close on 15 May

https://shortstorycompetition.com/

Mary C Mohr Awards

Short fiction and creative non-fiction, up to 30 pages, poetry, up to 10 pages

Prizes: $2,000 and publication in each category

Entry fee: $20

Closing date: 1 October

www.usi.edu/sir

Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Poetry manuscripts, 60-90 pages

Prizes: $5,000 and publication

Entry fee: $28

Closing date: 1 October

www.uapress.com/prizes/

Missouri Review Jeffrey E Smith Editor’s Prize

Fiction and non-fiction, up to 8,500 words, any number of poems, up to 10 pages

Prizes: $5,000 in each category

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 1 October

www.missourireview.com/contests/

Psychopomp Short Fiction

Short stories, 6,000 words max, pushing the boundaries of genre/form

Prizes: $500 and publication

Entry fee: $10

Closing date: 1 October, TBC

https://psychopompmag.com

Furious fiction

500-word short stories, written in 55 hours

Prizes: Aus$500

Free entry

Closing date: 11 October, first Sunday of each month

www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

Plays (one-act, entry fee $25, closing date 1/10, prize $1,500), poetry (2-4, max 400 words total, $15, 15/10, $1,000), fiction (up to 7,000 words, $25, 1/10, $1,500) and flash (up to 500 words, $10, 15/10, $500)

Prizes: all category prizes include VIP festival passes

Entry fee: $10-$25

Closing date: 1 October

http://tennesseewilliams.net/contests/

Virginia Prize for Fiction

For unpublished novels, at least 45,000 words, by women

Prizes: Development and publication

Entry fee: £25

Closing date: 1 October, TBC

https://aurorametro.com/virginia-prize-for-fiction/

Voices Israel Reuben Rose

Poems, up to 41 lines

Prizes: $500, $150, $50

Entry fee: $6

Closing date: 1 October

www.voicesisrael.com

Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Competition

Short stories, 1,000-5,000 words

Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250 and publication

Entry fee: $15

Closing date: 1 October, TBC

www.all-story.com/contests/

Gerald Cable Book Award

Poetry collections, over 48 pages

Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 15 October

http://silvershreviewpress.com

Jake Adam York Prize

Poetry collections, over 48 pages

Prizes: $2,000 and publication

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 15 October

http://copper-nickel.org/bookprize/

Imison Award

For original radio plays by writers new to radio

Prizes: £3,000

Free entry

Closing date: 4 October

www.societyofauthors.org/imison-award

Tinniswood Award

Original radio drama scripts first made available this year

Prizes: £3,000

Free entry

Closing date: 4 October

www.societyofauthors.org/tinniswood-award

London Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 5,000 words by writers with London postcodes

Prizes: £1,000, 2x£250

Entry fee: 10

Closing date: 7 October, TBC

www.spreadtheword.org.uk

KSP Writers Centre Poetry Award

Poems, up to 50 lines, by Australian residents or citizens

Prizes: Aus$300, $150; $100, $50 for youths

Entry fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3; youth category free

Closing date: 9 October

www.kspwriterscentre.com

Retreat West Micro Fiction Competition

Fiction, 100 words exactly, to a prompt posted on the website at the start of each month

Prizes: 50% of total entry fees

Entry fee: £4

Closing date: 10 October, monthly

www.retreatwest.co.uk

Poets Out Loud Prize

Poetry collections

Prizes: 2x$1,000 and publication

Entry fee: $28

Closing date: 15 October, TBC

www.fordham.edu/pol

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Thrice-yearly competition for flash fiction up to 300 words

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 2x£30

Entry fee: £9

Closing date: 11 October, and February TBC

http://bathflashctionaward.com

Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize

Graphic short stories

Prizes: £1,000, £250; publication

Free entry

Closing date: 11 October, TBC

http://capegraphicshortstoryprize.co.uk

Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

Single fantastical or magic realist stories, or collections, totalling 7,500-17,500 words

Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Entry fee: $18

Closing date: 12 October

http://omnidawn.com

Arkansas International Emerging Writers Prize

Short stories, up to 7,500 words, by writers without a book published

Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Entry fee: $20

Closing date: TBC, 13 Oct in 2019

www.arkint.org/prize

Calvino Prize

Fiction, up to 25 pages, in the style of Italo Calvino

Prizes: $2,000 and publication, $300

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 15 October

http://louisville.edu/english/creativewriting/creative-writing-contests

Event non-fiction contest

Creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words

Prizes: Can$1,500, $1,000, $500 plus publication

Entry fee: $34.95

Closing date: 15 October

www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/

Prism Pacific Spirit Poetry

Up to 3 poems, max 100 lines each

Prizes: Can$1,500, $600, $400

Entry fee: International entries $45

All details TBC

http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Raven Short Story Contest

Fiction, 250-2,500 words

Prizes: Can$300

Entry fee: $20

Closing date: 15 October

http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

Sequestrum New Writers

Fiction and non-fiction, up to 12,000 words; poems, up to 3, max 50 lines each

Prizes: $400, $100, $25 each category

Entry fee: $15

Closing date: 15 October

www.sequestrum.org

Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

Poems, any length

Prizes: $1,000, $250, $100, and publication

Entry fee: $15

Closing date: 15 October

www.sdeag.org

Writers Digest Personal Essay Award

Personal non-fiction, up to 2,000 words

Prizes: $2,500, 6x$500; plus vouchers, consultations, publication

Entry fee: $30

Closing date: 15 October

www.writersdigest.com

Eyelands Book Awards

Published and unpublished books

Prizes: Published books, a five-day holiday in Athens; unpublished books, publication

Entry fee: $30

Closing date: 20 October

www.eyelands.gr/en/

53-word Story Contest

Stories of exactly 53 words, to a different prompt each month

Prizes: Publication; books

Free entry

Closing date: 21st of each month

www.press53.com

Carter V Cooper Short Fiction Competition

Short fiction, up to 10,000 words

Prizes: Can$10,000, $5,000

Entry fee: $30

Closing date: 21 October

www.exileeditions.com

Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition

A suite of poems, up to 24 pages

Prizes: Can$1,500, $1,000; $500 best poem by a Canadian

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 21 October

www.exileeditions.com

Retreat West Short Story

Short stories, 1,500-5,000 words

Prizes: £400, £250, £150, £20 each shortlisted

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 25 October

www.retreatwest.co.uk

Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Contest

Short stories, up to 20 pages, and poetry, up to 10 pages; quarterly

Prizes: $1,000 and publication, in each category

Entry fee: $5

Closing date: 23 Oct, 23 Jan, 23 Apr

www.sixfold.org

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