Saints & Sinners (SAS) LGBTQ+ Literary Festival Fiction Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $500; two second prizes of $100 each; the top stories will be published in an anthology; there will be a book release party and reading held during the 20th annual Saints and Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2023; a list of the top ten finalists will be posted on the website and in the e-newsletter
Description: The 2022-2023 SAS Short Fiction Judge is Michael Nava. The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers, from all over the globe, with stories in all genres.
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit

 

Saints & Sinners (SAS) LGBTQ+ Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $500; two second prizes of $100 each; a list of the top ten finalists will be posted on the website and in the e-newsletter; finalists will be published in the Saints and Sinners Poetry Chapbook to be distributed at a special reading at the 2023 Festival
Description: The 2022-2023 SAS Poetry Judge is Emanuel Xavier. The contest is open to all LGBTQ+ writers. Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style based on our theme of FAMILY, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit

 

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Plays
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500, professional staged reading at the next Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value) for the next Festival, and publication in Bayou Magazine
Description: This contest is for emerging or previously unpublished playwrights. Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act or approx. 60 pages.)
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/sub

 

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($600 value), and a public reading at the next Festival; the top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival and their names will be published on the website, e-newsletter, and social media pages
Description: This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/sub

 

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $1,000, VIP All-Access Pass ($600 value) for the next festival, and a public reading at the next Festival; the top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the festival and have their names published on the website, e-newsletter, and social media pages
Description: This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Published books include self-published books, chapter books, or any book with an ISBN. Those who have published books in other genres besides poetry remain eligible. Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted. Unlimited entries allowed. One collection per submission. Submit a collection of 2 – 4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit

 

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Very Short Fiction Contest 2022-2023

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: $10 USD
Deadline: October 16, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1, 2022
Prize: Grand prize of $500, VIP All-Access Pass ($600 value) for the next festival, a public reading at the next Festival, and publication in New Orleans Review Archive Features; the top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the festival and have their names published on the website, e-newsletter, and social media pages
Description: This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of short fiction. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible. Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted. Unlimited entries allowed. One manuscript per submission. A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words.
Details: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit

 

F(r)iction Writing Contests

Genre: Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Speculative fiction
Entry Fee: $10 – $15 USD
Deadline: November 1, 2022
Prize: Short story first prize of $1,000; poetry first prize of $300; flash fiction first prize of $300; additional prizes include professional edits with a member of the F(r)iction senior editorial team and publication either online or in print.
Description: F(r)iction is seeking writing that pushes boundaries and challenges readers to think differently. F(r)iction likes work that features complex characters and strong narratives, and plays with genre, setting, voice, you name it. Short stories word limit is 1,001 – 7,500 words, flash fiction word limit is up to 1,000 words per piece, poetry word limit is up to three pages per poem, and creative nonfiction word limit is up to 6,500 words.
Details: https://frictionlit.org/contests/

 

Writing Battle Short Story Autumn Battle

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: November 1, 2022 – 5 Days to write up to 2,000 Words
Prize: The winner of each of four categories split the cash pool prize of $5,000 and receive publication and feedback
Description: Everyone is guaranteed feedback by four or more peer writers. This is an international competition. Receive and re-draw prompts, which are locked-in after 72 hours. You have 5 days to finish writing with a 2,000-word limit.
Details: https://www.writingbattle.com/

 

The Foster Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $26 for first entry and $16 for each subsequent entries (includes a one-year subscription to CV2)
Deadline: Early Bird deadline of October 15, 2021; final deadline of November 1, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in CV2; three honourable mention cash prizes
Description: Formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize. Participating writers must not yet have published a full-length book of poetry. Open to Canadian and International poets. Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines total.
Details: http://www.https://contemporaryverse2.ca/foster-poetry-prize/.ca/en/contests/young-buck-poetry-prize

 

The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: November 5, 2021
Prize: In each of the two categories, fiction and poetry – first prize of $1,000 USD; second prize of $200 USD
Description: Renamed from The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence serves to honor the memory of Austin Clarke (1934-2016). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). Multiple entries in either genre are welcome.
Details: https://puritan-magazine.submittable.com/submit

 

2021 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) Book Awards

Genre: Book Length Science Writing
Entry Fee: $25 per title
Deadline: November 12, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each of two categories; proze of $500 to the winner of the Paradigm Prize
Description: For over 20 years, the SWCC has recognized outstanding contributions to science writing with the SWCC Book Awards. The 2021 SWCC competition is now accepting entries in two categories, books for a general audience and books for children and youth. Beginning this year, SWCC will also offer the new Paradigm Prize for Underrepresented Perspectives in Science Writing. Authors must be Canadian citizens or a resident of Canada. Entries can be written in French or English. You do not need to be a member of the SWCC to submit. The results of the competition will be announced in the summer of 2022.
Details: https://sciencewriters.ca/page-1716630

 

Room’s 2021 Short Forms Contest

Genre: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction
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: November 15, 2021
Prize: Two first prizes of $500; honourable mention 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. Each entry can consist of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative nonfiction works of up to 500 words.
Details: http://roommagazine.com/contests#Short

 

Polar Expressions Publishing 2022 National Student Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry (Students in Grades Kindergarten – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: November 21, 2022
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Annual contests held by Polar Expressions Publishing and open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. Poems must be 48 lines or less.
Details: http://www.polarexpressions.ca/StudentContests.html

 

Quill (Queer) Prose Award

Genre: Prose
Entry Fee: $10 USD
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Prize: $1,000 USD plus publication of awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press
Description: Founded in 2015 by Tobi Harper of Red Hen Press, Quill seeks to publish quality literature by queer writers. The Quill Prose Award is for a work of previously unpublished prose with a minimum of 150 pages, by a queer writer.
Details: https://redhenpress.submittable.com/submit/59201/quill-queer-prose-award#

 

Prairie Fire and McNally Robinson Booksellers Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $32 for up to three poems per entry (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Prize: First prize of $750, an invitation to THIN AIR produced by the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival in-person or virtually (this invitation is dependent on funding); second prize of $350; third prize of $150
Description: Up to 3 poems per entry, with a total maximum of 150 lines per entry. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

Prairie Fire and McNally Robinson Booksellers Short Fiction Contest

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: $32 per story (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Prize: First prize of $750, an invitation to THIN AIR produced by the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival in-person or virtually (this invitation is dependent on funding); second prize of $350; third prize of $150
Description: Maximum of 5,000 words. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

Prairie Fire and McNally Robinson Booksellers Creative Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Essay
Entry Fee: $32 per essay (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Prize: First prize of $750, an invitation to THIN AIR produced by the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival in-person or virtually (this invitation is dependent on funding); second prize of $350; third prize of $150
Description: Maximum of 5,000 words. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of €2,000, a one-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and hotel accommodation and board at the Cork International Poetry Festival in March, 2021; second prize of €500; third prize of €250; ten runner-up prizes of €50; all winners receive publication in Southword
Description: The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
Details: http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

 

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book 2021 Competition

Genre: Book Manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential and a Graphic Novel category
Entry Fee: $49.50 USD for early deadline, $69.50 for regular deadline, and $79.50 for final deadline
Deadline: Early deadline is September 30, 2021; regular deadline is October 31, 2021; final deadline is November 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,000 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers, complimentary badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; second prize of $500 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; the top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on the announcement website
Description: This unique literary competition seeks book manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential. Books must be a minimum of 10,000 words and a maximum of 150,000 words. The jury is looking for books (published or not published) especially suited for adaptation to film or TV. This year’s jury specializes in evaluating books for Hollywood.
Details: https://screencraft.org/book/

 

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story 2021 Competition

Genre: Short Stories with cinematic adaptation potential
Entry Fee: $49.50 USD for early deadline, $69.50 for regular deadline, and $79.50 for final deadline
Deadline: Early deadline is September 30, 2021; regular deadline is October 31, 2021; final deadline is November 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,000 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers, complimentary badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; second prize of $500 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; the top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on the announcement website
Description: This unique literary competition seeks short stories (not scripts) with cinematic adaptation potential. All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible, although any writer who has earned more than $50,000 USD from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. Short stories or novellas longer than 20,000 words will not be eligible.
Details: https://screencraft.org/shortstory/

 

Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story, Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per short story; $5 per poem
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Open to all Canadian citizens or landed immigrants living in Canada. For the 2020 contest, the branch will publish a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems (authors will retain all rights).
Details: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/; Sherrill Wark at ncwc-ncr@canadianauthors.org