Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins Contest

Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry and Photography
Entry Fee: $25 (includes a one-year subscription to Briarpatch Magazine)
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Prize: One winner from each of three categories will be selected to win first prize of $500 and publication in May/June 2019 issue Briarpatch Magazine; one winner from each of three categories will be selected to win runner-up prizes of $150 and online publication
Description: Briarpatch is accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing and photography for their ninth annual Writing in the Margins contest. The magazine is seeking fresh writing and photography that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. (See website for details.)
Website: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/writinginthemargins

 

BC Book Prizes

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Regional, Children’s and Illustrated Children’s Literature
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Prize: First prize of $2,000
Description: The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrates the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The submitted book must have a print run of at least 350 copies within its first twelve months of publication. The book must be at least 48 pages long, unless it is a children’s picture book in which case it must be at least 24 pages long. Seven prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring.
Website: https://publishersarchive.com/contest.php?id=266

 

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest Winter 2019–2020

Genre: Poetry and Short Story
Entry Fee: $5 USD per poem and $10 USD per short story
Deadline: December 28, 2019
Poetry Prize: First prize of $250; second prize of $125; third prize of $50
Short Story Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $100
Description: This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone international. Poems may be written on any subject, theme, style or form, and must be 30 lines or fewer. Short stories may be written on a maximum of five pages on any subject or theme.
Website: http://www.dreamquestone.com/index.html

 

2020 Leacock Medal for Humour

Genre: Book-length Humour
Entry Fee: $200 payable by cheque to Stephen Leacock Associates
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Prize: First prize of $15,000; two runner-up prizes of $3,000 each
Description: All entries must have been published in 2019. The major emphasis of each entry MUST be on humour, but literary merit and insightful comment are also important. A long list of 10 books will be released April 21, 2020, followed by a short list of three books released May 4, 2020. All three finalists must be available to attend the Gala Award Dinner in Orillia on June 6, 2020, where the winner and runners-up will be announced.
Website: http://www.leacock.ca/medalaward.php

 

River Styx 2020 Microfiction Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 USD (includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear) or $20 USD (includes a one-year subscription to River Styx)
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Prize: $1,500
Description: Judged by the editors of River Styx. 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry fee. Must be previously unpublished in print or online.
Website: http://www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest/

 

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $16 USD per story (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: December 31, 2019 at 12:00 am CT
Prize: $1,500 USD and publication in Boulevard
Description: Awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Works up to 8,000 words are accepted.
Website: https://boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest/

 

Danahy Fiction Prize

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $23 USD (includes a one-year subscription to Tampa Review)
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review
Description: The Danahy Fiction Prize is an annual award judged by the editors of Tampa Review, and all entries will be considered for publication. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction. Manuscripts between 500 and 5,000 words are preferred, but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered.
Website: https://www.ut.edu/TampaReview/TRDetail.aspx?id=12481