Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Submissions

General Overview

Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.

We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Our editors tend to gravitate toward submissions structured around narratives, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks outside this general mold. Above all, we’re most interested in writing that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting to a general audience.

Creative Nonfiction typically accepts submissions via regular mail and online through Submittable. Please read specific calls for submissions carefully.

We try to respond to all submissions as soon as possible. If you submit by regular mail, you will receive an email from us (typically within a week of your manuscript’s arrival in our office), confirming we have received your manuscript. If you submit online, you will receive a confirmation email from Submittable.

We read year-round, but it is not uncommon for a decision to take up to 6 months; unfortunately, this is especially true of work we like. If you have not heard from us since the initial confirmation email, please assume your manuscript is still under consideration.

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A Note About Fact-checking

Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a fairly rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and ideally, it should, to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.



Current Submission Calls

HOME

For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories about finding—or, perhaps, coming to terms with losing—your place in the world. Deadline: May 21, 2018Complete guidelines »

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX!

For a special contest and issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories about doing it—whether you’re straight, gay, or other; alone, in a couple, or in a crowd; doing it for the first time or the last, or not doing it at all. Deadline: July 16, 2018Complete guidelines »

TRUE STORY

Submissions for our monthly mini-magazine should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work.  Now ReadingComplete guidelines »

PITCH US A COLUMN

Have an idea for a literary timeline? An opinion on essential texts for readers and/or writers? An in-depth, working knowledge of a specific type of nonfiction? Pitch us your ideas; Creative Nonfiction is now accepting query letters for several sections of the magazine. Accepted Year-Round. Complete guidelines »

TINY TRUTH CONTESTS

TWITTER
Can you tell a true story in 140 characters (or fewer)? Think you could write one hundred CNF-worthy micro essays a day? Go for it. We dare you. There's no limit. Simply follow Creative Nonfiction on Twitter (@cnfonline) and tag your tiny truths with the trending topic #cnftweet. That's it. We re-tweet winners daily and republish ~20 winning tweets in every issue of Creative Nonfiction. Not sure what we're looking for? Check out this roundtable discussion about the art of micro-essaying with some of the more prolific #cnftweet-ers. 


Previous Submission Calls

THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Closed: December 12, 2016
Issue now available.

DANGEROUS CREATIONS: REAL-LIFE FRANKENSTEIN STORIES

Closed: April 17, 2017
Look for this themed issue as our Spring 2018 release.

STARTING OVER

Closed: June 19, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in fall 2017. Look for this themed issue as our Spring 2018 release.

EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES

Closed: September 11, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in spring 2018.

RISK

Closed: November 6, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in summer 2018.

INTOXICATION

Closed: February 26, 2018

We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in fall 2018.

WRITING PITTSBURGH BOOK PRIZE

Closed: November 20, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in summer 2018.


A Note About Reading Fees

Here at Creative Nonfiction, we are always reading, searching for excellent new work to showcase in our various publications. At any given time, we usually have several submission portals open (see above calls for submissions), many of which require writers to pay a reading fee to submit their work.

Why we charge reading fees.

  1. We publish between 70-100 writers every year, and we pay every single one of those writers; reading fees help offset that expense.
  2. We like to pay writers more when we can, so we often run essay contests (with prizes ranging from $1,000-$10,000 per winning piece); reading fees help us offset that expense.
  3. Online submission is incredibly convenient for writers, but in some cases, it can be too convenient. Charging a nominal fee helps eliminate spam submitters--and it helps offset the administrative expenses of processing submissions.

How to avoid paying the reading fees.

  1. For books and other non-contest submission categories, send a hard-copy submission through the mail. The only cost is in ink and postage.
  2. Participate in our ongoing micro-essay experiment on Twitter! We publish 22 "Tiny Truths" in every issue… and we pay these writers with copies of the magazine.
  3. Subscribe to Creative Nonfiction and/or True Story. 

How buying a subscription to CNF eliminate the cost of a reading fee.

We recently adopted a new policy: no active subscriber to CNF will ever have to pay a reading fee of any type. Ever. Subscribers can submit as many times, to as many calls for submissions as they like, as long as their subscription is current. This is our way of supporting the readers who are supporting us.

Ways to become a subscriber (or renew a lapsed subscription) to CNF.

  1. Submit your work. Many of our calls for submissions offer a submit-and-subscribe option—the price of which is about 25% less than the cost of the regular subscription.*
  2. Join our email list. Joining our list is another way to stay up-to-date for all of our current calls and news. Once you've signed up, you'll be offered a chance to subscribe for $10 less than the regular price.**
  3. Subscribe. You can always purchase a subscription at the regular price at any time from anywhere.

* Offer valid for U.S. subscribers only. We regret the limitation, but it’s incredibly expensive to send magazines overseas.
** Again, U.S. residents only.


FAQs

How much do you pay for a published essay?

For essays published in Creative Nonfiction magazine, we typically pay a $50 flat fee + $10/printed page, plus a copy of the magazine. For essays published in an In Fact Books anthology, we typically pay a flat fee between $100 and $150. 

My essay is over your word limit. Will you still consider it for publication?          

We’re very sorry, but we have to draw the line somewhere.

Do you always charge a reading fee?

No: you can always submit non-themed essays for consideration without a reading fee, if you send a hard copy via regular mail. Like many other magazines, we charge a $3 convenience fee to submit essays online through Submittable. In the case of contests, reading fees generally offset the costs associated with those issues, as well as (in most cases) the prize money; or, for a small additional cost, you can become a subscriber, which also helps keep the lights on at CNF.

Will you consider excerpts from longer pieces?

We are happy to read excerpts from longer pieces, though in our experience it rarely works to pull 4,500 words from a longer piece and call it an essay. Rather, we suggest you consider adapting part of your longer piece so that it can truly stand alone.

Does something posted on a blog count as previously published?

If your blog is shared with the public, we do consider its writing published. If you significantly re-write or expand a piece that is posted on your blog, though, we will be able to consider it for any of our calls for submissions.

Can I change the names or distinguishing characteristics of the people in my story to protect their privacy?

We typically prefer that you not do this, and would argue that, in most cases, there are better ways to approach this type of challenge. That said, in some cases—for example, if you’re a doctor writing about your work with patients—sometimes this may be appropriate. Regardless, we’re big fans of transparency, and greatly appreciate a note in the cover letter or perhaps even footnoted in the manuscript itself, if you’ve taken this type of liberty.

Will you give feedback on the essay I submitted?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions we receive (in the neighborhood of 100+ essays per month), we can’t send detailed feedback or responses. If you are interested in having a professional editor review your manuscript, we encourage you to check out CNF’s mentoring program and online courses.

Can I submit an essay I wrote in one of CNF’s online courses or in the mentoring program?

Sorry, no. But we do wish you the best of luck placing such work elsewhere, and hope you’ll keep in touch with your teacher or mentor and let us know about any successes!

What are CNF’s copyright requirements?

CNF typically considers only unpublished work and seeks first publication rights. After publication, CNF typically retains certain reprint rights, and some other rights revert to the author. We find that when people ask this question, they usually mean, “I’m submitting a chapter from a book I’m writing, and I need to have the rights to it.” Please know that we absolutely do not retain any rights that would interfere with your ability to publish your work in your own book. 

Can I make changes to my essay once I submit it online?

The work you submit for consideration should be the final proofread and edited version of your essay. We do understand that mistakes happen, however, so in the event that you submitted the wrong file, realized that your essay was a poem, or some other obvious oversight, we do allow editing of submitted essays within a limited set of parameters--usually within two weeks of the original submission date or up until a contest deadline. After the essay has been assigned to a reader, changing files can cause a lot of confusion and may result in our not giving your work our best attention.

I found a typo in my submission. What should I do?

While your essay should be carefully proofread, a small typo will not influence the overall evaluation of your submission. In the event that we accept your essay for publication, it will go through a careful editorial process, and you will have plenty of opportunities to review it carefully.

NewPages Big List
of Writing & Book Contests

 

The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines.

 

January - February - March - April - May - June - July
August - September - October - November - December
Special Deadlines

 

March
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  • Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Documentary Essay Prize. Nonfiction, Photography. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1 [*genres alternate*]

  • Ahsahta Press. Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • North Carolina Writers' Network. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Soundings East. Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Writers' Union of Canada. Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Women's National Book Association. National Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • 42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • Atlanta Review. International Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Common Ground Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Lotus Press. Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Poetry. [book] 3/1
    [*African American poets only*]

  • St. Petersburg Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Symphony Space Selected Shorts. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

  • Tusculum Review. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/1

  • Hunger Mountain. Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/7

  • Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/8

  • Stockholm Writers Festival. First Pages Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/13

  • Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 3/13

  • Center for Fiction. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [published book] 3/14
    [published book]

  • Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/14

  • The Normal School. William Bradley Prize for the Essay. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Literal Latte. Food Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Newfound. Newfound Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/15

  • The Tishman Review. Tillie Olsen Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Cold Mountain Review. RT Smith Prize for Narrative Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Myong Cha Son Haiku Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 3/15

  • Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Tor House Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/15

  • Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Poetry Contest for College Students. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Slope Editions. Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Gordon Square Review. Free Stamp Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Confrontation Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Able Muse. Write Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Bellingham Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • The Claremont Review. Annual Writing & Art Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15
    [*young adults only*]

  • Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Jabberwock Review. Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Tupelo Press/Kundiman. Kundiman Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15
    [*for Asian Americans only*]

  • The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio. [audio] 3/15

  • Prairie Schooner. Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • The Southeast Review. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Paper Darts. Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • The Writer's Center. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [book] 3/15

  • The Pinch. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/16

  • Texas Observer. MOLLY National Journalism Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/17

  • Crab Orchard Review. Annual Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/18

  • Les Figues Press. NOS Book Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Translations, Anti-Novel. Entry Fee. [book] 3/20

  • Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 3/21

  • Enizagam. Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/24

  • The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/28 [*Canadian residents only*]

  • The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/30

  • AWP. The Kurt Brown Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 3/30

  • CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/31

  • Elixir Press. Antivenmon Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry/Levis Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Word Works. Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/31
    [*DC-area high school students only*]

  • Port Yonder Press. Mary Hunter Austin Book Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Poets Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Fence Books. Ottoline Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31
    [*women poets*]

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Prize in Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31 [*genres alternate*]

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Open Book Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Eastern Iowa Review. Editor's Choice Lyric Essay Award. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. First Book Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Essay Collection Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Pleiades. R.M. Kinder Award in Realistic Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Iron Horse Literary Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][chap] 3/31

  • Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Translations. No Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Puerto del Sol. Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • The Florida Review. Editors' Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Able Muse. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Beecher's Magazine. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Flyway. Untold Stories Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1


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  • Zone 3 Press. Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1
    [*biennial - odd numbered years*]

  • Flyway. Sweet Corn Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Rusty Scythe Publishing. The Scythe Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [anthology] 4/1
    [*undergraduate & graduate students only*]

  • Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Zone 3. Literary Award Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Barely South. Norton Girault Literary Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Orison Books. Orison Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • North American Review. Torch Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Poetry International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Solstice Lit Mag. Literary Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Saturnalia Books. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Grain Magazine. Short Grain Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Winning Writers. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. [literary site] 4/1

  • Alice Munro Festival. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/1 [*writers living in Canada*]

  • White Pine Press. Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/7

  • Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/7

  • Rabbit Catastrophe Press. Real Good Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/8

  • University of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Dancing Poetry. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 4/15

  • Zone 3 Press. First Book Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Hub City Press. New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • University of Arkansas Press. CantoMundo Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • University of Arkansas Press. Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Prime Number. Magazine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • PULP Literature. Magpie Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Sonora Review. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passages North. Waasnode Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Passages North. Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize/Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Permafrost. New Alchemy Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Audio, Video. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • New South. New South Writing Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

  • New Ohio Review. New Ohio Review Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. [book] 4/20

  • Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/23

  • Ninth Letter. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/23

  • The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/23

  • Diagram. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/28

  • Longleaf Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/29

  • Beloit Poetry Journal. Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Trio House Press. Louise Bogan Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Trio House Press. Award for First or Second Book. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Tupelo Press. Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Minerva Rising Press. Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Grist. Pro Forma Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • River Styx. Founder's Award. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/30
    [*St. Louis Area high school students only*]

  • Noemi Press. Book Award for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Redivider. Beacon Street Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Red Hen Press. Nonfiction Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Storm Cellar. Force Majeure Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre, Drama, Comics. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Sequestrum. Editor's Reprint Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Inlandia. Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Winning Writers. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/30

  • Two Sylvias Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Vallum. Vallum Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30


May
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  • Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/1

  • SI of Rittenhouse Square, PA. Brittany Noakes Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 5/1

  • Talking Gourds. Fischer Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/1

  • Crucible. Poetry & Fiction Competition. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Leapfrog Press. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1
    [*genres alternate each year*]

  • The Southwest Review. David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

  • Wick Poetry Center. Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Oberlin College Press. FIELD Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Moon City Press. Moon City Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • The Carolina Quarterly. wake, and dream again. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Pleiades Press. Editor Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • St. Francis College. Literary Prize. Fiction. [published book] 5/1 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • Fugue. Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Jacar Press. Full-Length Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

  • Jacar Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

  • The Conium Review. Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

  • Mad Creek Books. Gournay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/2

  • South Carolina Writer's Association. Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • The American Poetry Review. Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/14

  • Lynx House Press. Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Montreal International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/15

  • Ploughshares. Emerging Writer's Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Blue Collar Review. Working People's Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Breakwater Review. Peseroff Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • Crab Creek Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • The Georgia Review. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Lost Horse Press. Idaho Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Crook's Corner Book Prize. Debut Novel Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 5/15

  • Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • subTerrain. Lush Triumphant Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Academy of American Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Carve Magazine. The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • Palooka Press. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • Transitions Abroad. Expatriate & Work Abroad Writing Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. [literary site] 5/15

  • Del Sol Press. First Novel Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

  • Gazing Grain Press. Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • JMWW. Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

  • BOMB Magazine. Fiction Contest/Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15
    [*genres alternate*]

  • Ruminate. Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

  • New Letters. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/18

  • Stony Brook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 5/25
    [*undergraduates only*]

  • The New Quarterly. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/28
    [*Canadian residents only*]

  • Anhinga Press. Robert Dana Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

  • Gival Press. Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • New Millennium Writings. Sunshot Prize Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

  • Bacopa Literary Review. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Paper Nautilus. Vella Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • Paper Nautilus. Debut Series Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • The Backwaters Press. The Backwaters Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • Baltimore Review. Summer Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

  • Elixir Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • The Adirondack Review. Fulton Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • University of Georgia Press. Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • BOA Editions. BOA Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

  • Southern Poetry Review. Guy Owen Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Midway Journal. -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Winston-Salem Writers. Flying South Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Connecticut Poetry Society. Connecticut Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

  • Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • Backbone Press. Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

  • New England Poetry Club. Annual Writing & Book Contests. Poetry. [literary site][published book] 5/31


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  • Great River Shakespeare Festival. Maria F. Faust Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 6/1

  • Mid-American Review. Fineline Competition. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • HeartWood Literary Magazine. Broadside Series Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations. Entry Fee. [broadside]  6/1

  • Boulevard. Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Betty Gabehart Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/1

  • Boston Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Southern Indiana Review. Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • The Cupboard. Annual Cupboard Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Tiferet. Prizes for Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Quarterly West. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Southern Humanities Review. Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/1

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography. No Fee. [anthology] 6/1

  • The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Eyewear Publishing. Sexton Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/1

  • The Iowa Review. Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 6/1 [*even numbered years*]

  • Munster Literature Center. Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

  • Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/2

  • The MacGuffin. National Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/3

  • Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/5

  • Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/15

  • New Rivers Press. American Fiction Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 6/15

  • PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Miami Book Fair. Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Willamette Writers. Kay Snow Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/15

  • december. Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Gertrude Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Main Street Rag. Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • The Bitter Oleander. Library of Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Texas Review Press. Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Philadelphia Stories. Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Towson University English Department. Towson Prize for Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [published book] 6/15 [*Maryland writers only*]

  • Slate Roof Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Carolina Wren Press. Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • American Short Fiction. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 6/15
    [*for writers age 39 or younger*]

  • Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/16

  • New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/17

  • Cultural Center of Cape Code. National Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/19

  • Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/21

  • Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/27

  • One Throne Magazine. Joust: 24h Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/27

  • Winning Writers. North Street Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/30

  • The London Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Los Angeles Review. Bi-annual Awards Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Island Verse Edition. Island Verse Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/30

  • CALYX. Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

  • Tupelo Press. Tupelo Broadside Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 6/30

  • University of North Texas Press. Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

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