Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: September 1, 2020 (deadline extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Prize: First prize of $1,500 and publication of their winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts; second and third prizes of $500 each; honourable mentions awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise
Description: The competition has a thirty-six year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, a granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Stories must be original unpublished fiction and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains the property of the author.
Details: http://shortstorycompetition.com/guidelines/

 

Diana Brebner Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 for up to two poems (includes a one-year subscription to Arc)
Deadline: September 4, 2020
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

 

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre 2020 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 14, 2020 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/

 

Manchester Writing Competition: Manchester Fiction Prize 2020

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £18 per short story(reduced price entry available, must apply by June 30, 2020)
Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm UK time
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, and should not have been published in print or have been broadcast on or before February 28, 2021.
Details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/

 

Manchester Writing Competition: Manchester Poetry Prize 2020

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £18 per portfolio of three to five poems with a maximum combined length of 120 lines
Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm UK time
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, and should not have been published in print or have been broadcast on or before February 28, 2021.
Details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/poetry-prize/

 

The 28th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
Deadline: September 18, 2020 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 5,000 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/

 

Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Flash Fiction

Genre: Flash Fiction
Entry Fee: £5 per story
Deadline: September 21, 2020
Prize: First prize of £500; three finalist prizes of £50; all four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia
Description: Mslexia’s fourth flash fiction competition, for writers who prefer to keep their storytelling concise, is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length.
Details: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-flash-fiction/

 

Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Children’s & YA Novel

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Deadline: September 21, 2020
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/products/competition_entry_fee/mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-childrens-ya-novel/

 

Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Short Story

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £10 per story
Deadline: September 21, 2020
Prize: First prize of £3,000 plus the opportunity to spend a week on an Arvon retreat, and receive a mentoring session with an editor at Virago; three finalist prizes of £100; all four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia
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 Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Memoir & Life-Writing

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Deadline: September 21, 2020
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/

 

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £5 or €6 or $7 USD per poem
Deadline: September 28, 2020 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

 

Hammond House Publishing 2020 International Literary Prize

Genre: Poetry, Short Story, Screenplay
Entry Fee: £5 for Hammond House members, £10 for non-members and £10 for feedback option
Deadline: September 30, 2020
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 2020 competition is Survival. 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.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

 

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per poem
Deadline: September 30, 2020
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, 2020 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, 2020 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 Voices Prize

Genre: Novels, Short Story Collections, Memoir, Essay Collections, Cross-genre Works
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: September 30, 2020 at 12:00 am
Prize: $1,500 advance and publication by Dzanc Books
Description: Established in 2020, the Dzanc Books Diverse Voices Prize seeks brilliant, daring, and imaginative book-length manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction by writers from minority, underrepresented, or marginalized communities. This contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike.  Agented submissions are also eligible, and we ask that you include all agency  contact information with the application. All submitted works must be  previously unpublished book-length manuscripts and should include a brief  synopsis, author bio, and contact information.
Details: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/164721/dzanc-books-diverse-voices-prize

 

Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $16 per essay (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: September 30, 2020 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 2020 Contest

Genre: Poetry, Short Story (Ages 12 – 18)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: September 30, 2020
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 26th 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, 2020
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_The%20World%20Around%20Us.htm