Nowhere Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry or Essay
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 1, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published.
Description: Nowhere is looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript.


James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD per story (includes the contest issue of Bayou Magazine)
Deadline: January 1, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and a one-year subscription to Bayou Magazine
Description: James Knudsen taught all levels of creative writing at the University of New Orleans from 1977 until his death from cancer in 2004. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 7,500 words.


Room’s 2020 Cover Art Contest

Genre: Images
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries plus $7 for each additional entry, and $42 USD for entrants outside Canada plus $7 USD for each additional entry (includes a one-year subscription to Room)
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $50; all prizes include publication on Room’s website
Description: Open to women (cisgender or transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary people. One cover art contest entry includes up to three images and corresponding artist statement(s). All winners will be published with an artist statement and have the option to submit additional artwork for the issue, which, if selected for publication, will be compensated for at the usual rates.


Austrian Book Review 2020 Calibre Essay Prize

Genre: Nonfiction Essay
Entry Fee: $25 AU for non-subscribers of ABR (includes a 4-month digital subscription); $15 AU for subscribers (other options apply–see website for details)
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Prize: Winner receives $5,000 AU; runner up receives $2,500 AU
Description: Open to all essayists worldwide writing in English and seeking essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. Personal or political, traditional or experimental—all are welcomed. See details, including frequently asked questions, terms and conditions and online submission link on the website.


National Magazine Awards

Genre: 29 categories, 18 of which are Writing and Visual Awards
Entry Fee: Early bird rate of $100 per entry and regular rate of $125 per entry
Deadline: January 18, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each category
Description: Call for Entries opens December 1, 2019. The 42nd annual National Magazine Awards competition is open to Canadian print and digital magazines and to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents (landed immigrants) whose work has appeared in them during the 2018 calendar year. Freelancers submitting their own work may be eligible for the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows freelancers to submit their first two entries at the discounted rate of $50 per submission or 50% of the regular rate.


The ReLit Awards

Genre: Novel, Poetry, and Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 30, 2020
Prize: Recognition
Description: More details to be released when contest opens. Only books written by Canadian authors while living in Canada and published by an independent Canadian press are eligible. Self-published books will not be eligible. There is no cap on the number of books that might be submitted by any one publisher. Books must have been published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.


The PRISM International Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for international entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Prism Magazine), plus $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500; runner-up prize of $600; second runner-up prize of $400
Description: Contest opens November 1, 2019. Maximum word count of 6,000. Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online.


The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

Genre: Adult and Young Adult Novel or Novel-length Collection and Short Story
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: $1,000 prize to each winner of the adult and young adult categories; $500 prize to the winner of the short story category
Description: Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first celebrated writers of contemporary Canadian science fiction, The Sunburst Award is a juried award which recognizes exceptional writing in adult, young adult and short story categories. The awards are presented in the fall of each year to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection, or short story published any time during the previous calendar year. The work must be literature of the fantastic, which includes fabulist, fantasy, magic realist, science fiction, speculative, supernatural horror, and surrealist works. The work must be a novel, or novel-length short story collection. Short stories have their own category and are any length less than 7,500 words.


The Brucedale Press Annual Acrostic Story Contest

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $5 per story
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of 25% of the entry fees; second prize of 15% of the entry fees; third prize of 10% of the entry fees
Description: The challenge for the 2020 contest will be announced in October.


Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Genre: Short Story Collection
Entry Fee: None, but all submissions must be made by publishers only
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $10,000; two finalists will each receive $500
Description: The award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in 1996, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada. The prize is awarded annually to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. All entries must be Canadian-authored titles published in English between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Only first collections of short fiction are eligible.


The BookLife Prize in Nonfiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $99 USD
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000 USD and an author profile in Publishers Weekly; one finalist from each respective submission category will receive $1,000 worth of BookBaby’s Facebook + Instagram for Authors service, a promotional “blurb”  from one of the guest judge’s for the Prize, and a mention in Publishers Weekly; all entrants receive a Critic’s Report (a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer)
Description: Unpublished or self-published novels in the English language. The BookLife Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great written works in four nonfiction categories – Memoir/Autobiography, Self-Help, Inspirational/Spiritual, and Business/Personal Finance. Submissions must contain 40,000 to 100,000 words.


The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $3,000; second prize of $300; third prize of $200; all prizes include online publication and agency review
Description: No style or genre preferences, however, this is a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Take chances and be bold! Previously unpublished stories under 6000 words. Emerging writers only (self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit, and writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit).


The Word Guild 2020 Fresh Ink Student Writing Awards

Genre: Short Story, Poetry, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $10 per entry for members; $20 per entry for non-members
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Description: This contest is designed to encourage student writers in 2 age categories: high school and college/university. Enter original works in 5 categories. Short storIes, nonfiction and poetry must be 1500 words or less, first three chapters of an unpublished novel 15 pages or less and short script (screen or stage) 45 pages or less.