Writing Contests

The following is a list of upcoming writing contests. Be sure to carefully review any contest before entering. Pay close attention to the terms, rights, fees, prize money, judges and rules. You can also view a list of just the poetry contests and a list of writing contest for kids. You can also view a list of established awards and prizes here.

New American Fiction Prize
New American Press runs the contest which is awarded each year to a full-length ficiton manuscript. It can be a short story collection.
Deadline: June 16, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 prize
Entry Fee: 25


L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
The quarterly contest awards cash prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. It is open to orginal science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words in length.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 32nd Biannual Poetry Card Contest. You can enter as many times as you like through the submission form or via snail mail. There are three prizes including a $350 first prize.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prizes: $350 first prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Glimmer Train
The Short Story Award for New Writers contest is held three times a year and is open to submissions . The upcoming deadline is June 30, 2018. There are three prize levels.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prizes: $2,500 first prize
Entry Fee: $18 reading fee


Drue Heinz Literature Prize
The University of Pittsburgh Press is running the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Prizes: $15,000 award and publication
Entry Fee: No entry fee


2018 Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists receive $200 each. There is also a $2,000 Readers' Choice Award.
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Prizes: $10,000 top prize
Entry Fee: Enty fee is a $25 one-year subscription to Rattle


Literal Latte Poetry Awards
Litteral Latte runs a contest for unpulished poems up to 2,000 words. The contest has a $1,00 first prize, $300 second prize and $200 third prize.
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 first prize
Entry Fee: $10 reading free for 6 poems or $15 reading free for 10 poems


2018 Crazyshorts Contest
A contest for Crazyhorse for short-short fiction up to 500 words in length. Writers can enter up to 3 shorts. Crazyhorse will begin accepting entries to the contest on July 1st.
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Prizes: $1000 first prize
Entry Fee: $15 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


Pockets Annual Fiction Contest
Pockets is looking for fiction 750 words to 1,000 words of length. The stories should be relevant to the problems face by children aged 6 to 12.
Deadline: August 15, 2018
Prizes: $500 and publication
Entry Fee: No entry fee


2018 Earl Weaver Baseball Prize
This contest named after Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver seeks fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction with baseball as a central theme or key component. The contest is run by the Cobalt Review.
Deadline: September 15, 2018
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry free


Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
This annual contest is run by the Boston Review. It is open to previously unpublished short stories under 5,000 words. The winner will be notified in Spring 2019.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,500 and publication
Entry Fee: $20 fee


Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize
The Wheelbarrow Book Poetry Prize is open to manuscripts by authors that have published at least one full-length collection of poetry in English. It is run by the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU Press.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1000 and publication
Entry Fee: $25 reading fee


Note: If you are entering a short story contest be sure to read Alex Keegan's article, Short Story Contests: Increase Your Chances of Winning. Some of his advice can also be applied to poetry and essay contests.