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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Fall 2018

Posted: 29 Aug 2018 04:00 AM PDT

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 99 rejections for this year! Read my latest responses in the latest edition of The Rejection Quarterly.

This submissions season covers deadlines from September 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Fall is a great time to be submitting. As another academic year begins, many university-affiliated literary journals reopen their reading periods. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests. This time, I focused a bit more on contests without fees and flash fiction, because my heart has been wrapped up in shorter forms lately.

Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my list of writing contests below includes reasons to submit to that particular writing contest. May you find a promising opportunity among this list and spend less time searching for where to send your exceptional work.


September 2018

Deadline: September 9, 2018

In 12 words or less, what would you like to see written on your tombstone? This is a fun, free to enter contest ran by the oldest magazine of flash fiction. Two entries per author max. The winner will be paid $10 and get a digital copy of Condensed to Flash: World Classics, an anthology that features variations on themes of world classics, condensed to 500 words or fewer. The past winners are pretty funny.

Reasons to submit:

  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • No hunting for winners—can read past winners online
  • Prestige—oldest flash fiction magazine

Asian American Writers Workshop – Margins Fellowship – $0 fee

Deadline: September 12, 2018

Four emerging Asian American writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support writers from Asian diasporic, West Asian, Arab, and North and East African communities as well as Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application. 2019 Fellows announced on January 2, 2019. Submit up to 20 pages of fiction. Novel excerpts eligible.

Reasons to submit:

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • Friendly to novelists
  • Regional restriction—less competition
  • Wanderluster—prize includes lodging or travel

The Ghost Story – Supernatural Fiction Award – $20 fee

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition. Two other writers receive Honorable Mention awards that include publication and cash prizes of $250. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be included in a paperbound anthology. Online publication for each story includes a custom illustration. Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. Submit 1,500 – 10,000 words. A hearty congrats to the Fall 2017 winner, A.J. Rutgers, a Writer Unboxed reader! 

Reasons to submit:

  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • No hunting for winners—can read past winners online
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

The Caterpillar Story Prize 2018 – €12 fee

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Single prize of €1,000 for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). We are looking for stories up to 1,500 words that will inspire, delight and move our young readers. The winning story will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar. The stories can be on any subject and in any style, as long as they are age appropriate. The Prize is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions

The Puritan – Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence for Fiction – $20 fee

Deadline: September 30, 2018

First prize of $1,000 and a runner-up of $200 for short stories from 1,000 to 7,500 words. In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines. We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at our annual Black Friday celebrations. Winning pieces will be published in the magazine the following day.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Prestige—#0 in Pushcart ranking
  • Read on—entry fee includes one-year subscriptions and books
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

Dzanc Book – Prizes for Novels and Short Story Collections – $25 fee

Deadline: September 30, 2018

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels. A $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books.

Both contests are open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. Agented submissions are also eligible, and we ask that you include all agency contact information with the application. All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts. Winners announced on the Dzanc web page on November 15th. 

Reasons to submit:

  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • Friendly to novelists
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

The Master’s Review – Flash Fiction Contest – $20 fee

Deadline: September 30, 2018

This biannual contest is exclusively for stories under 1,000 words and emerging writers. Prizes range from $200, $300, or $3000 for first place. Judging by past winners, even honorable mentions will be published. All entries are considered for publication.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • No hunting for winners—can read past winners online
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

October 2018

The Missouri Review – Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize – $25 fee

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Submit one piece of previously unpublished fiction, up to 8,500 words. Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and $5,000. Winners will be announced in early 2019.

Reasons to submit:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival – $25 fee

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Submit up to 7,000 words. All entries are considered for publication in a future Festival anthology. Winner will receive $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($600 value), a public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival, and publication in Louisiana Literature. This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.

There’s also a cheaper Very Short Fiction contest for work up to 1,000 words.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Wanderluster—prize includes lodging or travel

American Academy in Berlin – Berlin Prize Fellowships – $0 fee

Deadline: October 5, 2018

For 2019-2020, the Academy will be awarding an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities for work that demonstrates an interest in such topics as migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return. For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, generally one academic semester. Submit up to 60 pages of recent and representative chapters or articles from published or forthcoming work and a 15-20 page sample from the proposed project. Recipients will be notified in early March 2019.

Reasons to submit:

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • Friendly to novelists
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Rebirth—accepts published work
  • Wanderluster—prize includes lodging or travel

A Public Space – Fellowships – $0 fee

Deadline: October 15, 2018

From last year’s description:

The aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision. Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book are invited to apply. Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include: six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine; a $1,000 honorarium; the opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers; the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation in New York City with A Public Space editors and contributors.

Reasons to submit:

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • Prestige—#10 in Pushcart ranking

University of Louisville – Calvino Prize – $25 fee

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. The first place entry will be published in the Salt Hill Journal of Syracuse University and receive $2,000. Further, the winner will be invited to read the winning entry, all expenses paid (within the continental US), at the University of Louisville every February. The 10 finalists will be posted on the website. Submit up to 25 manuscript pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Work previously published is eligible and simultaneous submissions are accepted. An excerpt from a larger work is allowed; however, remember that the selection will be  judged on its own merit and so should be able to stand on its own. Judged by Kelly Link. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if  no entry is deemed worthy.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Friendly to novelists
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Prestige—#90 in Pushcart ranking
  • Rebirth—accepts published work
  • Wanderluster—prize includes lodging or travel

Glimmer Train – Short Story Award for New Writers – $18 fee

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Fall 2019 will bring #106—the very last issue of Glimmer Train. So if this prestigious market has been on your radar, chances to submit to its contests and open submissions periods are waning. This contest is open only to emerging writers who haven’t had fiction appear in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 500 to 4,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome. Cash prizes of $300, $500, $700, or $2,500 along with publication.

Reasons to submit:

  • Friendly to emerging writers
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Prestige—#15 in Pushcart ranking
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

PEN/Faulkner Foundation – 2019 Award for Fiction – $0 fee

Deadline: October 31, 2018

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. This year’s judges, Percival Everett, Ernesto Quiñonez, and Joy Williams are getting ready to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists. Poets & Writers states: “A prize of $15,000 is given … Four finalists will each receive $5,000.” I was able to confirm this with the Programs & Logistics Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, despite not finding it on the website.

Reasons to submit:

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Friendly to novelists
  • Rebirth—accepts published work
  • Regional restriction—less competition
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

November 2018

The Malahat Review – Open Season Awards – $40 fee

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Submit fiction up to 2,500 words. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world. All entries are judged anonymously. The winner will receive a prize of $CAN 2000 (approximately $1,500) and be published in the magazine’s spring 2019 issue. 

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • Prestige—#121 in Pushcart ranking
  • Read on—entry fee includes one-year subscription

Reed Magazine – John Steinbeck Fiction Award – $20 fee

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines, the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works with a prize of $1,000! To be eligible, submissions must be 5,000 words or fewer and include a reading fee of $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. Contest submissions not selected may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

Reasons to submit:

  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions
  • No hunting for winners—can read past winners online
  • Read on—entry fee includes one issue

Washington College – Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship – $0 fee

Deadline: November 1, 2018

The Center’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship includes a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2018-2019) in historic Chestertown, Md. Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought.  We encourage a broad reading of such terms as “founders” and “founding ideas.”

Reasons to submit:

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Friendly to novelists
  • No hunting for winners—can read about fellows online
  • Oh, wordy!—generous word count limit
  • Rebirth—accepts published work
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes
  • Wanderluster—prize includes lodging or travel

The Golden Key – 2018 Flash Fiction Open – $4-$8 fee

Deadline: November 1, 2018

The Golden Key is pleased to announce our third flash fiction contest, judged by Amber Sparks. We want fiction and poetry that is both literary and speculative. Realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The winner will receive $200, inclusion in our limited edition postcard series, and publication in Issue 9. Submit one, two, or three pieces up to 500 words each. The winner will be announced in December.

Reasons to submit:

The Gateway Review – Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest – $5 fee

Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest is open to any writer, and is the only time during the year that we accept flash fiction submissions. Each entry is $5, and can contain one or two pieces of flash fiction, each no longer than 1000 words. All work should fit within the traditions of fabulism, surrealism, or magic realism.  We are not interested in science fiction or high fantasy, and these are unlikely to be selected as winners. No set prizes. First Place Winner receives 50% of net entry fees. Runner-Up receives 20% of net entry fees.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!
  • Eligibility restriction—less competition
  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

Have I missed a great writing contest? Please leave a comment and let me know where you found it.

Happy submitting!

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About Arthur Klepchukov

Arthur Klepchukov writes literary and speculative fiction from numerous cafes and the occasional park. He completed The Lemon Tree House Residency for Writers in Tuscany and was awarded Honorable Mention by Writers of the Future. Art loves hosting Shut Up & Write(!) meetups. Follow his writing journey at Arsenal of Words and on Twitter or read his words in The Common, Necessary Fiction, and KYSO Flash.

   

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The Australian Inaugural So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

Nambucca Valley Writers Group invites entries in its So-Bad-It’s-Good Writing Competition.

$500 first prize, $250 second, $100 third, plus e-book publication for fifty or so of the best of the bad.

Rules and examples of the genre can be viewed at www.nambuccawriters.info

If you are champing at the bit to write a narrative with more clichés than you can poke a stick at and if you can create similes that are so excruciatingly erroneous they’ll make everyone LOL this competition is for you!

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Poetry

Entries for the 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize are closing soon!

As part of the creative writing community, we would truly appreciate your help spreading the word about this prize to your members, friends, family and other networks.

There is still a chance to win $2500 in the 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO. We want to see the inspiration, passion and creativity of Australian poets.

Entries close on Friday 1 June 2018.

For further information, please visit usq.edu.au/bruce-dawe-prize or email us at brucedaweprize@usq.edu.au.

 

EASTWOOD/HILLS FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS

BOREE LOG AWARD FOR BUSH VERSE 2018

 

Closing Date:  15th May, 2018 (entries post marked on or before this date).

 

First Prize: $100 plus a trophy and certificate.

Entrants are eligible for one award only.

Ballads to be in perfect rhyme and metre with max 80 lines and an Australian bush theme.

 

Entry Fee: $7 per entry – Maximum 4 entries per entrant.

Cheques or money orders in AUS$ payable to: Eastwood/Hills FAW.

Fees can also be sent electronically this year.

 

Enquiries: Marilyn Humbert   mah53@tpg.com.au  or phone 02 9456 1307

Each entry must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form

Conditions of entry and entry forms can be found on the Eastwood-Hills FAW

website: https://hillsfaw.wordpress.com/

 

Competition Convener

Eastwood Hills FAW Literary Competition


The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Don’t want to miss out on entering in 2018?

Sign up now and express your interest to be notified about the competition to be in with a chance to win $2500.

As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our Australian culture. None believed this more so than Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets. Professor Dawe believed that universities should support the study of Literature and promote the Arts in Australian society. His decision to sponsor this prominent Literary Prize is ongoing, living proof of his conviction. This annual $2500 prize has been generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Dawe to celebrate Australian poetry.

Thank you to everyone for entering in 2017, and a special congratulations to Tim Collins who is the 2017 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize winner for his entry ‘Stage Whispers’.

Want to know more?

For more information, please contact brucedaweprize@usq.edu.au.


Annual W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia under the auspices of The W B Yeats Society of Victoria Inc.

Annual W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia under the auspices of The W B Yeats Society of Victoria Inc.

Now accepting entries for the

 2017 Yeats Prize.

Closing date March 31 2018

 

First Prize AU $500. 00

Award Certificate

Second Prize AU $75. 00

Third Prize $75. 00

Award Certificates

Commendation Certificates 

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My central area of interest in poetry in English, especially contemporary and modern poetry. Other areas of expertise include nineteenth-, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Australian literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian literature. – See more at: http://corner.acu.edu.au/research_supervision/framework/browse.php?srperid=126#sthash.0rp8dO1W.dpuf

# 50 line maximum limit

 # NO  identification of author anywhere on the poem

Open style

# Where entries are submitted by snail mail:

Typed on one side of A4 paper with three (3) copies provided.

# Name, address and contact details on a separate page.

Mail to: Yeats Poetry Prize

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