7th Annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

Genre: Poetry Book
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $100
Description: Presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society. Fred Cogswell (1917–2004) was a prolific poet, editor, professor, life member of the League of Canadian Poets, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Open to Canadian writers who had a book published in English in 2019. Length must be a minimum of 60 pages in length.
Details: https://rclas.com/awards-contests/fred-cogswell-award/

 

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest

Genre: Short Fiction, One-act plays
Entry Fee: $30/story USD
Deadline: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Prize: First prize of $1000 USD; second prize of $500 USD; third prize of $250 USD
Description: Entries of stories and one-act plays up to 5,000 words are accepted, the winning story is ensured publication (either print or online) while the top three stories earn cash prizes. Those stories, along with seven honorable mentions, are forwarded to leading literary agencies for consideration.
Details: https://www.zoetrope.com/contests/stories-2020/

 

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prize: $5,000 USD
Description: Winners in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction receive $5000 USD, publication, promotion on social media, and a TBD virtual event.
Details: https://www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/

 

2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 AUD for current Austrailian Book Review (ABR) subscribers and students or $25 AUD for non-subscribers (non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months)
Deadline: October 1, 2020 at 12:00 am
Prize: Total prizes of $10,000 AUD, including first prize of $6,000 AUD
Description: Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). All poets writing in English are eligible to enter. Entries must be an original single-authored poem of not more than 70 lines. Poems must not have been previously published. The five shortlisted poems will be published in the January–February 2021 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony later that month.
Details: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize/upcoming-prize

 

The Betty Award Fall Contest

Genre: Short Story (Ages 8 – 12)
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Deadline: October 10, 2020
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Winning entries will be published on the Betty Awards website. Maximum story length is 1,000 words. Entries must be the original unpublished work of the child entering the contest.
Details: http://www.thebettyaward.com/

 

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: October 15, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000 USD, second prize of $200 USD
Description: The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines.
Details: https://puritan-magazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Eyelands Book Awards 2020

Genre: Any
Entry Fee: $30 USD
Deadline: October 20, 2020 at midnight PST
Prize: Grand prize for published books of five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic; grand prize for unpublished books of translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books; ten category prizes
Description: Eyelands.gr literary magazine, in collaboration with Strange Days Books, organizes the only annual international short story contest based in Greece. There are no restrictions regarding nationality. Manuscripts must be written in English. There is no restriction about the form or style of writing.
Details: https://eyelandsawards.com/2020/07/09/eyelands-book-awards-2020/

 

F(r)iction Writing Contests

Genre: Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Speculative fiction (please note, in the Spring contest cycle each year, we also accept creative nonfiction)
Entry Fee: $10 – $15 USD
Deadline: October 30, 2020
Prize: $300–1,000 USD (Short story first prize: $1,000; poetry first prize: $300; flash fiction first prize: $300). Additional prizes include professional edits with a member of our senior editorial team and publication either online or in print.
Description: For our contests, we seek writing that pushes boundaries and challenges us to think differently. We like work that features complex characters and strong narratives, and plays with genre, setting, voice, you name it. For Fall 2020, our guest judges are Lev Grossman for Short Stories, Ben Woodard for Flash Fiction, and Rachel Mennies for Poetry.

Details: https://frictionlit.org/contests/

 

CBC Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $6,000, story published on CBC Books and the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; four finalists will each receive $1,000 and have their story published on CBC Books
Description: Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2,500 words. There is no minimum word requirement.
Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-short-story-prize-1.4090935

 

National Poetry Competition 2020

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: First entry £7; subsequent entries £4 per poem
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of £5,000; second prize of £2,000; third prize of £1,000; commendations of £200 each
Description: The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigous prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
Details: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/national-poetry-competition/

 

Quill Prose Award

Genre: Prose
Entry Fee: $10 USD
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: $1,000 USD + publication
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#

 

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest

Genre: Literary nonfiction
Entry Fee: $27 USD
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: $1,000 USD + publication
Description: River Teeth‘s editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The contest winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press.

Details: https://www.riverteethjournal.com/the-book-prize#

 

APR/Honickman First Book Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: $3,000 USD + publication
Description: The prize of $3,000, with an introduction by the judge and distribution of the winning book by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, will be awarded in 2021 with publication of the book in the same year. The author will receive a standard book publishing contract, with royalties paid in addition to the $3,000 prize.
Details: https://aprweb.org/news/2020/03/03/ada-lim%C3%B3n-to-judge-2021-apr-honickman-first-book-prize

 

Blue Lights Book Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Prize: $2,000 USD + publication
Description: A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2021 prize will be awarded in poetry. The winner will also receive travel expenses to read at the 2021 Blue Light Reading in Bloomington, Indiana.
Details: https://indianareview.org/prizes/blue-light-books/