Grindstone Literary 2021 International Novel Prize

Genre: Open
Entry Fee: Super Early Bird rate of £16 per entry, Early Bird rate of £18 per entry and regular rate of £20 per entry; £8 for optional feedback supplement
Deadline: Super Early Bird deadline of April 1, 2021 (submission results by June 1); Early Bird deadline of July 1, 2021 (submission results by September 1); final deadline of October 1, 2021 (final announcement on December 16)
Prize: Grand prize of £1,000; runner-up prize of £500; four shortlist prizes of £50; all prize winners receive 25% CBCreative Online Course Discount and Atmos Collections Invitation
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 Previously unpublished completed manuscripts exceeding 50,000 words in total length, or works-in-progress with an expected completion length which exceeds 50,000 words, are eligible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.
Details: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/novel-prize

 

The 28th Annual Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition

Genre: Podcast script
Entry Fee: Regular deadline fee is $30 USD and late deadline fee is $40 USD
Deadline: Regular deadline is May 21, 2021 and late deadline is July 9, 2021
Prize: Second Rounders, Semifinalists, and Finalists get larger discounts and have the opportunity to attend exclusive panels, intimate roundtable discussions, script reading workshops, and are afforded special access to industry professionals; all entrants receive free “Reader Comments” Austin Film Festival registration discounts regardless of placement
Description: For over twenty-seven years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter. This competition is looking for ongoing, original, serialized stories. Writers can submit up to three episodes 3-30 pages in length of their series with the overall content of the story not going longer than 90 pages. Writers should also include a series outline, detailing the events of the remaining episodes in the series.
Details: https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/podcast-competition/submit-podcast/

 

John Glassco Translation Prize

Genre: Book-length translation (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama or children’s literature)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 9, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and a one-year membership to Literary Translator’s Association of Canada
Description: The prize is named after John Glassco, a prolific Canadian writer and translator who died in 1981. His works include the English translation of the journals and complete poems of Saint-Denys Garneau. The work submitted must be the translator’s or co-translator’s first book-length translation published by a recognized publishing house. The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.

 

Authors on Eighth Writing Contest

Genre: Poetry, Prose
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 11, 2021
Prize: Prizes include gold nuggets and Klondike books
Description: Authors on Eighth Writing Contest is a celebration of writers Jack London, Pierre Berton, Robert Service and Dick North . Submissions are judged by a panel including the Berton Writer’s Retreat writer in residence and a local judge. Email your submission to KVA@Dawson.net, including your full name, pen name, address and telephone Number. The theme is Klondike. All work must not have been previously published. Selected entries are published in the Klondike Sun during the following year. Winners are announced at the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour.
Details: https://dawsoncity.ca/event/authors-on-eighth/?fbclid=IwAR14NMaTCLeZeKHH8Cf9eNh_haLdtzZvAE6a87FRm20uVQOu1FthY4ZtaBs

 

Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 14, 2021 for books published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $60,000; finalists will each receive $5,000
Description: The grand prize will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Details: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

 

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 14, 2021 for books published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $60,000; finalists will each receive $5,000
Description: The grand prize will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Details: https://www.writerstrust.com/awards/atwood-gibson-writers-trust-fiction-prize/

 

Vallum Award for Poetry 2021

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 for Canadian entries and $30 for US and international entries, per submission of up to three poems (includes a one-year subscription to Vallum)
Deadline: July 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $750; second prize of $250
Description: Poems may be on any theme or subject but must be unpublished and a maximum of 60 lines each.
Details: http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html 

 

The PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Creative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for international entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Prism Magazine), plus $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: July 16, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500; runner-up prize of $600; second runner-up prize of $400
Description: 4,000 maximum word count per piece. Entries must be unpublished in print or online.
Details: https://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

 

Summer 2021 Voyage First Chapters Contest

Genre: First Chapters of Young Adult Novels
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: July 18, 2021
Prize: First prize of $3,000 and an hour-long consultation a literary agent; second prize of $300 and publication; third prize of $200 and publication; all finalists receive written feedback from a literary agent
Description: Voyage wants to see those first chapters of your Young Adult novels! One of the most difficult challenges in writing a book is getting that first chapter right—and the aim is to challenge you. Can you write a first chapter that captivates your audience enough to make them want to keep reading? If the answer is yes, then Voyage wants to read your first chapter. Submissions must be the first chapter of a Young Adult novel (full novel does not need to be completed), and from the point-of-view of a young adult. The chapter doesn’t have to be standalone. 5,000-word count maximum. Open to any genre or style. Previously unpublished work only please.
Details: https://voyage.submittable.com/submit

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Prize: Winners receive a range of prizes, including membership in The Poetry Society, a stack of poetry goodies, and attendance at a one-week intensive residential Arvon course to develop creative writing skills alongside fellow poets
Description: Open to everyone aged between 11-17 on July 31, 2021. Poems can be of any length and on any theme but must be the original work of the author and must be in English. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has been an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career since it was founded in 1998. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year across from the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.
Details: https://foyleyoungpoets.org/about/

 

Polar Expressions Publishing 2021 National Poetry Contest and 2021 National Short Story Contest

Genre: Poetry and Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Prize: Over $3,500 will be awarded in cash and other prizes
Description: Annual contests held each summer by Polar Expressions Publishing and open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. There is one division for 16 and over, and a separate division for 15 and under. Poems must be 48 lines or less. Short stories must be 750 words or less.
Details: http://polarexpressions.ca/SummerContests.html

 

Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition 2021

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: €18 per story
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat; second prize of €500; four runners-up will receive €250; all winners receive publication in Southword 38
Description: Open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.
Details: http://munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html