Diana Brebner Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 for up to two poems (includes a one-year subscription to Arc)
Deadline: September 3, 2021
Prize: $500
Description: The Diana Brebner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet, who has not yet been published in book form. The prize honours the late Diana Brebner, an award winning Ottawa-based poet who was devoted to fostering literary talent among new, local writers. The contest is open to authors who have had their principal home and actual residence in the National Capital Region for at least 6 months immediately prior to the date of submission, and who have not yet pub­lished their poetry in book form. Eligible entries must not exceed 30 lines each.
Details: http://arcpoetry.ca/contests-page/#brebner

 

Manchester Writing Competition: Manchester Fiction Prize 2021

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £18 per short story
Deadline: 2021 deadline to be announced (open to entries later in the year, launch date to be confirmed)
Prize: £10,000
Description: Organized by the Manchester Metropolitan University, this competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. Entrants must submit a short story of up to 2,500 words in length. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant’s own original writing.
Details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/

 

Manchester Writing Competition: Manchester Poetry Prize 2021

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £18 per portfolio of three to five poems with a maximum combined length of 120 lines
Deadline: 2021 deadline to be announced (open to entries later in the year, launch date to be confirmed)
Prize: £10,000
Description: Organized by the Manchester Metropolitan University, this competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. Entrants must submit a portfolio comprising a minimum of three and a maximum of five poems. There is no line limit for each individual poem, but the overall maximum length of the poems combined must not exceed 120 lines. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant’s own original writing.
Details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/poetry-prize/

 

The 29th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
Deadline: September 17, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of $1,000 plus publication; honourable mention prize of $150 plus publication
Description: Story length must be between 2,500 and 4,000 words. Young writers are welcome to enter, but must be aware that their work will be judged blind among submissions made by adult writers.
Details: https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/

 

Frontier Poetry 2021 Award for New Poets

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: September 19, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $3,000 and publication in Frontier Poetry; second prize of $300 and publication in Frontier Poetry; third prize of $200 and publication in Frontier Poetry;
Description: Submissions are open to new and emerging writers (poets with no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission). Send only your best, polished work. Unpublished poems only. No more than 3 poems (5 pages) per submission. Multiple submissions are allowed.
Details: https://www.frontierpoetry.com/poetry-awards/

 

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre’s International Poetry Competition

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £5 per poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries, with a maximum of ten poems
Deadline: September 20, 2021 at 10:00 pm GMT
Prize: First prize of £1,000 to each category winner; £200 to both runners-up
Description: The competition is open to both new and established poets from across the globe. There are two categories consisting of Open Category, open to all poets aged 18 years and over, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Category, open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language. All entries must be unpublished work. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length. Entries can be on any subject.
Details: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/

 

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 – Flash Fiction

Genre: Flash Fiction
Entry Fee: £6 per story
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Prize: First prize of £500; three finalist prizes of £50; all four winning stories will be published in Mslexia; winning entries, plus eight more shortlisted entries will be published in Mslexia’s inaugural e-book anthology Best Women’s Short Fiction 2021
Description: Flash fiction competition is now open for complete short fictions of up to 300 words.
Details: https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/flash-fiction/

 

Mslexia 2022 Children’s & Young Adult Novel Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Deadline: This competition will open again on June 1, 2022 (runs every two years as it alternates with the Adult Novel Competition)
Prize: First prize of £5,000; the winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London
Description: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes the first 5,000 words of completed, unpublished novels for children and/or young adult readers, of at least 20,000 words in length.
Details: https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/childrens-and-ya-novel/

 

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 – Short Story

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £12 per story
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Prize: First prize of £3,000 plus mentoring by a specialist literary agent; three finalist prizes of £100; all four winning stories will be published in Mslexia; winning entries, plus eight more shortlisted entries will be published in Mslexia’s inaugural e-book anthology Best Women’s Short Fiction 2021
Description: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length.
Details: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-short-story/

 

Mslexia 2021 Memoir & Life-Writing Competition

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Deadline: This competition will open again on June 1, 2022 (runs every two years as it alternates with the Adult Novel Competition)
Prize: First prize of £5,000; the winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London
Description: The competition is open to unpublished women writers of any nationality from any country, and welcomes the first 5,000 words of completed, unpublished memoirs, of at least 50,000 words in length. The memoir should narrate events in the writer’s life and/or a quest or investigation she undertakes.
Details: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-memoir-life-writing/

 

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest Summer 2021

Genre: Poetry, Short Story
Entry Fee: $5 USD per poem and $10 USD per short story
Deadline: September 22, 2021
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.
Details: http://www.dreamquestone.com/index.html

 

2021 Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $10 USD per entry
Deadline: September 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm PDT
Prize: First prize of $500 USD; runner-up prizes of $50 USD; all winning and runner-up stories will be published in the 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology
Description: Regulus Press and the Katherine Mansfield House invite you to enter the 2021 Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition for your chance to win up to $500 in cash as well as publication in the next Literary Taxidermy Anthology. This year the competition is running in association with a New Zealand arts exhibition called STILL LIFE | WILD PLACES, showcasing a new generation of contemporary women artists, including taxidermists, inspired by the life and works of writer Katherine Mansfield. (You can learn more about the exhibition here). To enter this year’s international competition, you must produce an original story or poem of up to 2000 words. Your work can be any genre, and in any style. The catch: The competition provides your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest.
Details: https://literarytaxidermy.com/

 

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £5 or €6 or $7 USD per poem
Deadline: September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of £2,000; second prize of £1,000; third prize of £500
Description: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) and must not have been previously published. No text alterations accepted after submission. No limit on number of poems or number of subsequent submissions.
Details: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

 

The Darling Axe First Page Challenge

Genre: First page of manuscript
Entry Fee: $5
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $700; second prize of $200; third prize of $100; all three finalists win publication on the Chopping Blog and receive complimentary access to one of our self-paced courses
Description: The judge will be asking one question: how likely am I to turn this page and keep reading?
Details: https://darlingaxe.com/pages/first-page-challenge

 

The Ontario Poetry Society’s The World Around Us Chapbook Anthology Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $5 for one poem or $10 for three poems
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; 2 Judge’s Choice Awards; 18 honorable mention awards; all winning poems receive a certificate, publication in the chapbook anthology and one free chapbook
Description: Open to everyone. Themes wanted on our world including water, wildlife, fish, insects and the inter-relationships of living creatures. Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines.
Details: https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_World_Around_Us_2021.html

 

Hammond House Publishing 2021 International Literary Prize

Genre: Poetry, Short Story, Screenplay
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: Poetry first prize of £100, second prize of £50 and third prize of £10; short story first prize of £500, second prize of £100 and third prize of £50; screenplay first prize of £100 plus film trailers for top three scripts; worldwide publication for winners and shortlisted entries
Description: The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Stardust’. The competition is open to any and all participants regardless of age or location. Poems can be up to 40 lines, short stories have a 2,000-5,000 word limit, and short film scripts have a maximum of 10 pages.
Details: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/news/hammond-house-publishing-2021-international-literary-prize/

 

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per submission of 1 to 2 poems
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: Tom Howard prize of $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre; Margaret Reid prize of $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style; the top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value); ten honorable mention prizes of $200 each (any style); top 12 entries published online
Description: Contest is offered by Winning Writers and their co-sponsor, Duotrope. Poetry in any style or theme. 250 lines maximum per poem.
Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

 

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: $5,000 advance and publication by Dzanc Books
Description: The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels that are 40,000 words and longer. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, contact information, and agency contact information if applicable.
Details: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/55676/dzanc-books-prize-for-fiction

 

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Genre: Short Story Collection
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: $2,000 advance and publication by Dzanc Books
Description: The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, contact information, and agency contact information if applicable.
Details: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/24727/dzanc-books-short-story-collection-competition

 

Dzanc Books Diverse Nonfiction Prize

Genre: Book length work of nonfiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: $1,500 advance and publication by Dzanc Books
Description: The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize is awarded annually for the most innovative and inspiring book-length work of nonfiction–including but not limited to memoir, essays, polemical writing, historical writing, and biography. The contest will be open for submissions from March 1st through September 30, 2021, via the Submittable page. The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced by the end of the year.
Details: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit

 

Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $16 per essay (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 12:00 am CT
Prize: First prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard
Description: Awarded to the winning essay by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Works of up to 8,000 words are accepted and there is special interest in nonfiction works that are researched and/or reported, such as literary journalism, hybrid essays, etc.
Details: https://boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest/

 

Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest

Genre: Poetry, Short Story (Ages 12 – 18)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100 in each age category; second prize of $25 in each age category; all winners receive a copy of the Power of the Pen publication for their portfolios
Description: Power of the Pen is an annual writing contest offered in partnership with The Hamilton Spectator. Teens are invited to submit original poetry and short stories. The Power of the Pen, now in its 27th year, is an annual writing contest. Teens (ages 12 to 18) are invited to submit original poetry and short stories in both English and French. All participants will be entered to win, and prizes will be awarded to the first and second place entries for each age group.
Details: https://teens.hpl.ca/articles/power-pen-creative-writing-contest

 

The World Around Us Chapbook Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $5 for one poem or $10 for 3 poems
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; two judge’s choice awards of $25; 18 honourable mention awards; all prize winners receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology
Description: Open to everyone. Poems to be no longer than 36 lines. Free verse style preferred. Themes wanted on our world including water, wildlife, fish such as salmon, trout and amphibians, insects, the inter-relationships of living creatures, etc. No graphic poems about trapping or shooting, no violent or religious poems, and no foul language.
Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_World_Around_Us_2021.html