Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by September 1, 2020.
Deadline: September 1, 2020 (deadline was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Prize: The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of their winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second- and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honourable mentions will also be 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.
Details: http://shortstorycompetition.com/guidelines/

 

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre 2019 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 2, 2019 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 aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories – 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 All entries must be unpublished work.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.
Website: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/

 

Diana Brebner Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 for up to two poems (includes a one-year subscription to Arc)
Deadline: September 4, 2019
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.
Website: http://arcpoetry.ca/contests-page/#brebner

 

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Genre: Political Writing
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: September 11, 2019 for books published between July 31, 2019 and September 10, 2019
Prize: First prize of $25,000; finalists will each receive $2,500
Description: Awarded annually by Writers Trust of Canada. The prize will be awarded to a book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and significant literary merit. All finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and analysis. The prize particularly values books which provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the practice of Canadian politics, its players, or its principles. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Website: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

 

The Women’s Poetry Competition 2019

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £10 for up to 3 poems
Deadline: September 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm GMT
Prize: First prize of £2,000 plus optional writing retreat with PBS Selector Sandeep Parmar and a residency provided by Cove Park; second prize of £400; 3rd prize of £250; seventeen finalists will receive £25; one unpublished poet will receive £250
Description: All women poets are invited to submit poetry in any style, of any length, on any subject. Winning poets will also be featured in the Mslexia magazine and have a selection in the PBS Bulletin.
Website: https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/pages/mslexia-pbs-womens-poetry-prize

 

The Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2019

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £20 per pamphlet submission
Deadline: September 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm GMT
Prize: First prize of £250 plus publishing by Seren Books in 2020
Description: Women poets who have not previously had a full collection published are invited to submit a new poetry pamphlet. All women poets are invited to submit up to 24 pages of up to 20 poems.
Website: https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/pages/mslexia-pbs-womens-poetry-prize

 

Hammond House 2019 International Writing Competitions

Genre: Poetry, Short Story and Screenplay
Entry Fee: £10 or £5 for Hammond House members and £10 for feedback option, per entry
Deadline: September 20, 2019
Prize: Poetry first prize of £100 and short story first prize of £500, plus worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries; screenplay prize of £100 plus film trailers for top three scripts; televised awards ceremony
Description: The theme for the 2019 competition is Leaving. 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.
Website: https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

 

The Manchester Writing Competition: The Manchester Fiction Prize 2019

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £17.50 per story
Deadline: September 20, 2019 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, 2020.
Website: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/

 

Manchester Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £17.50 per portfolio of three to five poems with a maximum combined length of 120 lines
Deadline: September 20, 2019 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, 2020.
Website: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/poetry-prize/

 

27th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
Deadline: September 20, 2019 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 – 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.
Website: https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/

 

Grindstone 2019 International Novel Prize

Genre: Open
Entry Fee: £22
Deadline: September 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm GMT
Prize: Grand prize of £1,000; runner-up prize of £100; judge’s choice prize of a CB Creative Online Course; shortlist prize of publication in Grindstone’s 2019 anthology plus discount on CB Creative Online Course
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Previously unpublished completed manuscripts exceeding 50,000 words in total length, or works-in-progress with an expected completion length which exceeds 50,000 words, are eligible for entry. Please submit the opening 3,000 words of your manuscript to the nearest natural break, plus a synopses no longer than 300 words in length.
Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

 

Canadian Authors – Niagara Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per story with maximum of three submissions
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: One short story entry consists of a maximum of 3,000 words and, for the purposes of this contest, can be fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction or creative nonfiction.

Website: https://canauthorsniagara.org/short-story-contest/ 

 

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $12 per poem
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: Two top prizes of $2,000 and a two-year gift certificate ($100 value) from Duotrope; ten honorable mention prizes of $100 each; top twelve 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. The Tom Howard Prize of $2,000 is awarded to a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $2,000 goes to a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

 

Literal Latté Essay Awards

Genre: Personal Essay
Entry Fee: $10 USD for one essay and $15 USD for two essays
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of $1,000; second prize of $300; third prize of $200
Description: Submit personal essay on any subject, up to 10,000 words. All subject and styles welcome. All submissions considered for publication.
Website: http://www.literal-latte.com/contests/essay-awards/

 

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2020 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.
Website: 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, 2019
Prize: $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2020 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.
Website: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/24727/dzanc-books-short-story-collection-competition

 

Dzanc Books Novella Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: $1,500 advance and publication in Fall 2020 by Dzanc Books
Description: The Dzanc Books Novella Prize seeks innovative and well-crafted works of fiction in the short form, that are 18,000-40,000 words. 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.
Website: https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/134144/dzanc-novella-prize

 

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

Genre: Poetry and Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of $1,000; runner-up prize of $200; all winners will also receive publication in Issue 47: Fall 2019 of Puritan Magazine and a prize pack of books and subscriptions
Description: The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions from anywhere in the world each year from April 1 to September 30. No short stories over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted. 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.
Website: http://puritan-magazine.com/writing-contest/

 

Fifteen Stories High

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per entry with a maximum of three entries
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: The Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch annual short story contest is open to all Ontario Writers. One entry consists of a maximum of 3,000 words and is Fiction, Nonfiction, Historical Fiction or Creative Nonfiction.
Website: https://canauthorsniagara.org/short-story-contest/

 

The World Around Us Chapbook Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $5 for one poem or $10 for 3 poems
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; two judge’s choice awards of $25; eighteen 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.
Website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_The%20World%20Around%20Us.htm

 

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2019: Flash Fiction

Genre: Flash Fiction
Entry Fee: £5 per story
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of £500; three finalist prizes of £50; all four winning stories will be published in the March 2020 issue of Mslexia
Description: Mslexia’s third 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.
Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/uncategorised/mslexia-fiction-competition-2019-flash-fiction/

 

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2019: Adult Novel

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of £5,000 and the option of representation by agent Charlotte Robertson; the winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors at a special event held in London
Description: Competition for unpublished women writers, open to women of any nationality from any country. Submit the first 5,000 words of completed, unpublished novels for adult and/or young adult readers, of at least 50,000 words in length.
Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/uncategorised/mslexia-fiction-competition-2019-adult-novel/

 

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2019: Short Story

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £10 per story
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: First prize of £3,000 plus optional writing retreat at Moniack Mhor and mentoring by an editor at Virago Press; three finalist prizes of £100; all four winning stories will be published in the March 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.
Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/uncategorised/mslexia-fiction-competition-2019-short-story/

 

Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $16 per essay (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: September 30, 2019 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 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.
Website: https://boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest/

 

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 

Genre: Published Books
Entry Fee: Early Bird Special Entry Fee of $75 for the entry of one title in two categories
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prize: Best Fiction Book prize of $1,500; second Best Fiction Book prize of $750; third Best Fiction Book prize of $500; Best Nonfiction Book prize of $1,500; second Best Nonfiction Book prize of $750; third Best Nonfiction Book prize of $500; $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 70 categories; Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to five finalists in each of the 70 categories
Description: The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, the largest International awards program open to indie authors and independent publishers worldwide. Open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English released in and with a copyright date in 2018, 2019 or 2020. Over 70 categories to choose from.