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 15, 2019
Prizes: $1,200 advance
Entry Fee: $25 entry fee


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, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


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 It is open to previously unpublished short stories under 5,000 words.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 theme this year is allies.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: $500 and publication.
Entry Fee: $20 fee


Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 34th 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, 2019
Prizes: $350 first prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Drue Heinz Literature Prize
The University of Pittsburgh Press is running the 2020 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, 2019
Prizes: $15,000 award and publication
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Kate Tufts Discovery Award
This award is for a first book of poetry. The award is administrated by Claremont Graduate University.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: $10,000 prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


The Moth International Short Story Prize
The Moth Short Story Prize for 2019 will be judged by Kit de Waal. They contest has a word limit of 5,000.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: €3,000 first prize.
Entry Fee: €15 entry fee


Nowhere Spring 2019 Travel Writing Contest
The contest seeks stories that possess a powerful sense of place. They can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay. The length limit is from 800 to 5,000 words.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 prize.
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee.


2019 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, 2019
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, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize
Entry Fee: $10 reading free for 6 poems or $15 reading free for 10 poems


Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
The Cincinnati Review is home to the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. A poem (up to 8 pages) and prose (up to 40 pages) winner are chosen for publication.
Deadline: July 15, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 prize
Entry Fee: $20 entry free (includes one-year subscription)


2019 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, 2019
Prizes: $1000 first prize
Entry Fee: $15 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Content
This is the 11th annual contest. Fiction entered must have a maximum length of 1,000 words. Open to any subject, style or genre.
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize
Entry Fee: $5 entry fee


2019 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 17, 2019
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry free


Red Hen Press Fiction Award
The Red Hen Fiction Award was established in 2015 for original fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The final judge is Ann Hood.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication by Red Hen Press
Entry Fee: $25 entry free


Juniper Literary Prizes
The annual literary prize offers awards in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners are chosed by faculty judges from the University of Massachussetts MFA program.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30 entry fee


Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
This is the 13th annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Enter any poem 32 lines or less. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place.
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee


Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
This contest is for short stories in different genre categories of up to 4,000 words. Categories include romance, thriller, crime, horror, sf/fantasy and young adult.
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Prizes: $2,500 grand prize plus featured interview and more
Entry Fee: $30 entry fee ($25 if by 9-16)


Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The 2020 poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: April 20, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication in Onniverse
Entry Fee: $10 for first poem, $5 for additional poems


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.