Grain Magazine’s 29th Annual Short Grain Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $40 for a maximum of 2 entries (includes one-year subscription to Grain Magazine)
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: Three prizes awarded in each category: first prize of $1000; second prize of $750; third prize of $500; all winning entries will be published in Grain Magazine
Description: Poetry entries to consist of one or two poems no longer than 100 lines each. Fiction entries to consist of one or two stories no longer than 2,500 words each.
Website: http://www.grainmagazine.ca/short-grain-contest/

 

Royal City Literary Arts Society 2020 Write On! Contest

Genre: Nonfiction, (1500 words) Fiction, (1500 words) Poetry (1-page single spaced maximum)
Entry Fee: $10 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members (maximum three submissions per person, total combined in any of the categories.)
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75, Winners and honourable mentions will be published in RCLAS e-zine, Wordplay at Work
Website: https://rclas.com/awards-contests/write-on-contest/ 

 

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: First prize is $1,000, Second Prize is $250, and 10 Honorable Mentions prizes of $100 each. The Top 12 entries will be published online.
Description: Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Submit published or unpublished work.
Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

 

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2020 deadline to be announced
Prize: $10,000
Description: Open to print books and eBooks of creative nonfiction published in the previous calendar year.
Website: https://www.wlu.ca/information-for/community-members/edna-staebler-awards/edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction/guidelines-for-submission.html

 

Eyelands 10th International Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Entry Fee: 10 €
Deadline: April 10, 2020
Prize: First prize of a five-day stay on the island of Serifos; first three winners’ stories published in both an English and a Greek anthology
Description:The theme of the contest this year is Numbers. Entries must be short stories written in English, of any genre, maximum length of 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal.
Website: https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

 

Contemporary Verse 2 – Two-Day Poem Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: Option 1, “Play & Read,” is $26 and includes registration plus a 1-year subscription to CV2 magazine. Option 2, registration only, is $16.
Deadline: Register by April 17, 2020; contest dates are April 24 to 26, 2020
Prize: First Prize: $500 + 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine; Second Prize: $300 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine; Third Prize: $150 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine; Editor’s Choice: 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine; Editor’s Mom’s Choice: 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine; and the People’s Choice: 1-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.
Description: This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that they provide.
Website: http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest

 

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents

Genre: Fiction (no poetry or plays)
Entry Fee: $15 for the first story, 2 stories for $20, additional entries at $10 each
Deadline: April 17, 2020
Prize: $1,000, 1 year of mentorship, publication in Dreamers
Description: Awarded annually since 2010, this Fellowship is intended to incentivize writers to produce new works of quality fiction at the very busiest point in their parenting journey. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the works of fiction submitted for consideration. Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers.
Website: http://www.penparentis.org/fellowships/guidelines/

 

2020 Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 USD for the first poem and $5 USD for each additional poem
Deadline: April 20, 2020 at 12:00 am PDT
Prize: $1,000 USD, letterpress publication of the broadside by Omnidawn, 50 free copies of the broadside, and publication of the winning poem in the Omniverse online journal
Description: “A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.”—Wikipedia
Website: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest

 

Grindstone 2020 International Short Story Prize

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £8 per story
Deadline: April 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm GMT
Prize: Grand prize of £500; runner-up prize of £200; four shortlist prizes of £50
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Short stories of any genre up to 3,000 words in length are eligible for entry. Stories of all genres are accepted, however, please do not submit work aimed at MG audiences or younger.
Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

 

Whistler Independent Book Awards

Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $100 per entry
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: Various—see website for details
Description: Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors, and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process typically reserved for trade-published titles.
Website: https://independentbookawards.ca/

 

City of Toronto Book Awards

Genre: All genres (judged together)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: The grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the award, with 5 other finalists being awarded $1,000
Description: Submission must contain some clear Toronto content (this may be reflected in the themes, settings, subjects, etc.), but authors do not necessarily have to reside in Toronto. There are no separate categories: novels, short story collections, books of poetry, books on history, politics and social issues, biographies, books about sports, children’s and young adult books, graphic novels, and photographic collections are judged together.
Website: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/book-awards-submission-information-eligibility/

 

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Genre: Fiction, Essay
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: For both categories, the first prize winner will be awarded $2,000 with 10 honourable mentions receiving $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.
Description: For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Submit published or unpublished work.
Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

 

Irene Adler Scholarship Prize

ATTENTION: The 2020 Irene Adler Prize competition has been suspended due to the coronavirus situation. The full $1,000 prize will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for its pandemic response. Entrants have been notified personally and will have the option of re-submitting their essays for the next competition. The Irene Adler Prize will return in 2021.
Genre: Essay (see guidelines for essay topics)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: The winner will receive a $1,000 USD scholarship to pursue a career in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition.
Description: The competition is open to women commencing or continuing to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada in 2020-21.
Website: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 

Vallum Chapbook Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize is $300 and publication in the Vallum Chapbook Series
Description: The editors at Vallum are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. They welcome submissions that deepen their understanding of what poetry is and can be. They encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.
Website: http://www.vallummag.com/chapbookrules.html

 

Craft Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $20 per story
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: The author of the prize-winning story will receive $2,000 and a subscription to Journal of the Month; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively
Description: Three stories will be selected by the judge, Elizabeth McCracken, from a shortlist and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author.
Website: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-short-fiction-prize/

 

FreeFall Annual Prose & Poetry Contest

Genre: Prose and Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 (includes 1-year subscription to FreeFall magazine)
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $75; honourable mention prize of $25
Description: More details to be released when contest opens December 1, 2019. All contest entries are also automatically entered into the Lynn Fraser Memorial contest for a chance to win $100.
Website: http://freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

 

Bristol Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: £9 (approx $16 CAD) per story
Deadline: April 30, 2020 at midnight BST
Prize: 1st prize: £1000; 2nd prize: £500; 3rd prize: £250. Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.
Description: This is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK- and non UK-based writers. An annual anthology of the winning stories is also published (see website for details)
Details: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/

 

2020 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $27 USD
Deadline: April 30, 2020 at 12:00 am PDT
Prize: $3,000 USD, 100 copies of the winning book, publication of the winning book by Omnidawn, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including large display ads that will appear in Poets & Writers Magazine, American Poets Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, etc.
Description: This contest is open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions are recommended to be between 40–120 pages, not including front and back matter, with most manuscripts received being between 40-80 pages long.
Website: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest