The 2022 Annual Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Genre: Screenplay, Teleplay
Entry Fee: Feature screenplay fee is $80 USD and short screenplay or teleplay fee is $65USD
Deadline: June 1, 2022
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.
Details: https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplay-and-teleplay-submissions-2/submit-screenplay-and-teleplay/

 

The 2022 Annual Austin Film Festival Playwrighting Competition

Genre: Playwrighting
Entry Fee: $30 USD
Deadline: June 1, 2022
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.
Details: https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/play/online/

 

Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $16 USD per group of 3 poems and $16 for each additional group (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: June 1, 2022
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Boulevard
Description: This contest is open to poets who have not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. Each submission must be a group of 3 poems, which may be a sequence or unrelated.
Details: https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit/12288/poetry-contest-for-emerging-poets

 

Get To Know Contest

Genre: Poetry (19 years of age and under)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
Prize: Prizes vary and are subject to change
Description: Open to anyone 19 and under. Presented by the Wild Neighbours Society. Get outside, get creative, enter the contest.
Details: https://www.gettoknow.ca/enter

 

Dandelion’s Spring 2021 MicroFiction Contest

Genre: Micro Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 4, 2021
Prize: The winner’s story will be featured on the Dandelion blog and FaceBook page, receive a bouquet of Dandelion products and be placed on the short-list of possible authors for Dandelion’s next book publication
Description: Open to all ages, to writers published and unpublished. Four times a year, Dandelion Press will post a new image with the question, “What’s the story of this painting?” You are invited to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and let those creative juices flow! Maximum word count of 1,000. Please note your age category of either Adult or Young writer (18 and under).
Details: https://dandelionpreusch.squarespace.com/current-contest

 

Icelandic Festival of Manitoba Poetry and Short Story Contest

Genre: Poetry, Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 5, 2022
Prize: Junior (12 and under) first prize of $50 in each category of poetry and short story; intermediate (13 – 18) first prize of $75 in each category of poetry and short story; open first prize of $125 in each category of poetry and short story
Description: The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry of three entries per person, and/or one short story per person with a maximum of 1,200 words. Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival website. Winning entries and honorable mentions may also be published in the Icelandic Connection magazine. You do not need to be of Icelandic descent to submit an entry, however, material reflecting Icelandic culture and interests will be given preference, as will entries that reflect the 2022 theme of “Spirit of Iceland”. Please send your material by June 5, 2022 with your complete contact information to writingcontest@icelandicfestival.com. Entries will not be returned.
Details: https://www.icelandicfestival.com/festival-events/contests/poetry-short-story-contest?fbclid=IwAR2UmavU3wj0H4KH_lWagDarb4jaRJWScBuJEs6LbePgqJVMogpHNnWfg88

 

Room’s 2021 Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $45 for entrants residing in the US, and $55 for entrants residing outside of North America, plus $7 for each additional entry no matter where you reside (includes a one-year subscription to Room)
Deadline: June 6, 2021
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; honourable mention prize of $50; all prizes include publication on Room’s website
Description: Open to women (cisgender or transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary people. One submission includes one short story or essay of up to 3,500 words. Please double-space all prose submissions and submit your work in Times New Roman 12-point font.
Details: https://room.submittable.com/submit

 

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Genre: Multiple Categories (see full list on website)
Entry Fee: Early-Bird fee for poetry category is $20 USD for first entry plus $15 USD for each additional entry and early-bird fee for manuscript category is $30 USD for first entry plus $25 USD for each additional entry
Deadline: Early-Bird deadline is May 7, 2021 and regular deadline is June 7, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000 USD, an interview in Writer’s Digest and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot; first prize of $1,000 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; second prize of $500 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; third prize of $250 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; fourth prize of $100 USD and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; fifth prize of $50 USD and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; sixth through tenth prize of $25 USD each in each category
Description: Writer’s Digest’s annual writing competition aims to shine a spotlight on up and coming writers. Competition categories are Inspirational/Spiritual, Memoirs/Personal Essay, Print or Online Article, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.), Mainstream/Literary Short Story, Rhyming Poetry, Non-rhyming Poetry, Script (Stage Play/Television/Movie Script/Short Film) and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.
Details: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

 

Hunger Mountain’s Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: Submissions will open in March, along with the launch of the new website. 
Prize: First prize of $1,000 and online publication; runner-up prize of $100 and online publication
Description: An annual contest for short fiction. A chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges. Entry must be an original, unpublished story under 8,000 words.
Details: https://hungermtn.org/submit/

 

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Read at The Fringe Literary Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: One winner in each of the three categories will receive $150, an invitation to read their work as part of an online event series (date TBD) and publication in a chapbook produced by PS Guelph. Winners will also be profiled in the EMWF Newsletter, website, and on the festival’s social media channels
Description: The contest is open to aspiring writers unpublished in book format. This contest is open to residents of Ontario only. A maximum of one entry per category is permitted. Poetry entries can consist of up to five poems at maximum of five pages maximum. Fiction and nonfiction entries can consist of 2,000 words maximum.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/read-at-the-fringe/

 

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Poetry Contest for Teens

Genre: Poetry (Students in grades 9 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize in each of two categories of $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and publication on the EMWF website
Description: Categories are Junior High (Grades 9-10) and Senior High (Grades 11-12). One poem only with one page maximum. Entrants must live in Ontario. Looking for creativity and originality in the entries, with the belief that youth are skilled at seeing their world through a unique lens.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/contests/poetry-contest-for-teens/

 

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Poetry Contest for Children

Genre: Poetry (Students in Grades 1 – 8)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize in each of two categories of $25 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and publication on the EMWF website
Description: Categories are Primary (Grades 1-3), Junior (Grades 4-6) and Intermediate (Grades 7-8). One poem only with one page maximum. Entrants must live in Ontario. Looking for creativity and originality in the entries, with the belief that children are skilled at seeing their world through a unique lens.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/contests/poetry-contest-for-kids/

 

2021 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Art; all work must be related to the world of Oz
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $50
Description: The International Wizard of Oz Club’s goals are to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression. Authors, researchers, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Maximum length of 10,000 words.
Details: https://ozclub.org/2021-oz-club-contests/

 

The $4,000 Narrative Prize

Genre: Short Story, Novel Excerpt, Poem, One-act Play, Graphic Story, Literary Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: $4,000
Description: The prize is announced each September and is given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.
Details: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/narrative-prize

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Seniors’ Literary Competition

Genre: Short Story, Essay, Poetry, Memoir
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 18, 2022
Prize: One winner will be presented with an award in-person in June (Seniors Month) or once Branches are allowed to re-open
Description: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 in Coldwater is hosting the 3rd annual literary competition for seniors 55 years of age and older regardless of whether they are a Legion member or not. Contestants must be a resident of Ontario, and their work (essays, poems, short story, memoirs) must be original and not have been previously published. All entries must be emailed to branch270seniorsliterary@gmail.com.
Details: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1943907185810095&id=175372529330245
For entry forms, contestants should contact Seniors Literary Chair Betty-Jean Murray by email at branch270seniorsliterary@gmail.com

 

Palette Poetry’s Sappho Prize for Women

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: June 20, 2021
Prize: First prize of $3,000; second prize of $300; third prize of $200; all prizes include publication on Palette Poetry’s website
Description: This contest only accepts submissions from poets who identify as women and/or non-binary. Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the meat of the poem is in English. There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poems.
Details: www.palettepoetry.com/current-contest/

 

The Poetry London Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £4 per poem for Poetry London subscribers and £8 per poem for non-subscribers (limited number of free entries available for low-income writers)
Deadline: June 26, 2021
Prize: First prize of £5,000; second prize of £2,000; third prize of £1,000; all winners published in Poetry London magazine
Description: The Poetry London Prize is a major, internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem. The prestigious prize has been won by and helped launch the careers of many acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante. This year’s judge is the award-winning poet Malika Booker, winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Cave Canem Fellow, and lecturer in Poetry at Manchester Writing School. The competition is open to poets anywhere in the world. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines, not including titles or blank lines.
Details: https://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

Writers’ Trust of Canada Balsillie Prize for Public Policy

Genre: Nonfiction Books
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Books published between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022 must be submitted by March 1, 2022; books published between March 1 and May 2, 2022 must be submitted by May 3, 2022; books published between May 3 and September 30, 2022 must be submitted by June 28, 2022
Prize: First prize of $60,000; three to five finalists will each receive $5,000
Description: A prize of $60,000 will be awarded annually to a book of nonfiction that advances and influences policy debates on social, political, economic, and/or cultural topics relevant to Canadians. It celebrates work that displays originality in several respects, including subject, approach, analysis, and voice, and which offers a thought-provoking contribution to an issue that impacts on both public consciousness and Canadian policymakers. The winning book combines new insights with a depth and breadth of research. The prize especially values work that brings public policy issues to the general reading public. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.
Details: https://www.writerstrust.com/awards/balsillie-prize-for-public-policy/guidelines/

 

 

The Rotary Club of Stratford Short Story Contest 2022

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Prize: The contest is divided into two sections – Adults (19+): first prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $100; two honorable mention prizes; Youth: first prize of $250; second prize of $100; third prize of $50; two honorable mention prizes
Description: The Rotary Club of Stratford is pleased to announce the launch of their annual short story contest. Maximum of 2,500 typed words in English. Any unoriginal and published works will be disqualified from the contest.
Details: https://www.rotarystratford.com/sitepage/short-story-contest/short-story-contest

 

2021 CRAFT First Chapters Contest

Genre: Excerpts of book-length fiction
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $2,800, manuscript critique and query workshop
Description: CRAFT First Chapters Contest entries are open to all fiction writers; CRAFT is a market for adult literary fiction. Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress. Please submit work in English only. 5,000 word count maximum. 
Details: https://www.craftliterary.com/first-chapters-contest/

 

The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Genre: Television Screenwriting
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST
Prize: $2,500 USD, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November
Description: Each year, The International Academy of Television Arts & Science Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.
Details: https://www.iemmys.tv/ustinov.aspx

 

The Ontario Poetry Society’s The Ultra Short Poetry Competition 2021 Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 for up to five poems and $2 for each additional poem
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; fourth prize of $25; 36 Judge’s Choice Awards; all winning poems receive publication in a chapbook anthology and one free copy of the chapbook
Description: Open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada only. Poems are to be no longer than 8 lines and no more than 8 words on a line. Spaces between the stanzas count as lines.
Details: https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra_Short_2021.html

 

North Street Book Prize

Genre: Self-published books in Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, or Graphic Novel and Memoir
Entry Fee: $65 per book
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and three free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter ($525 value); top winner prize in each category of $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter $150 value); one honorable mention prize in each category of $250
Description: Length limit of 200,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. No restrictions on age or country. No restriction on year of publication. All contestants receive a free PDF download of How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free guides from BookBaby.
Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize

 

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book
Description: The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas with a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages, or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 pages.
Details: https://upittpress.org/drue-heinz-literature-prize-submission-guidelines/

 

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Genre: Fiction. Short Story or Novel Excerpt
Entry Fee: $17 USD
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $1,000
Description: The competition opens February 1, 2021 and is open to any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.
Details: https://hiddenriverartssubmissions.submittable.com/submit/8934/fiction-submissions-short-story-or-novel-excerpt-william-van-wert-award

 

Alberta Views Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee:  $40 per story (includes a one-year subscription to Alberta Views)
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Alberta Views
Description: Open to all current or former residents of Alberta. Stories must be under 3,000 words and must not have been previously published.
Details: http://albertaviews.ca/short-story-contest/

 

Brooklin Poetry Society 4th Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 for three poems and $3 for for each subsequent poem, up to a maximum of six
Deadline: June 30, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; all winners and honorable mentions will be published on the Brooklin Poetry Society website in Fall 2021
Description: Awarded by the The Ontario Poetry Society. Canadian poets are invited to submit up to six unpublished poems. This year’s theme is Renaissance. In a world on fire, what does it mean to be reborn? Despite the development of vaccines, COVID 19 continues to exert a controlling influence on our lives. Climate change runs unabated. Politics are as personal as the masks we now wear. How can we reshape our futures? Are we passive objects of rebirth or architects of renewal? Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish .Maximum poem length of 80 lines.
Details: https://brooklinpoetrysociety.com/4th-annual-poetry-contest/

 

Storyhouse General Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200 and automatic entry to the Winners Circle Contest; runner-up prize of $100; all winners receive certificates of recognition suitable for framing
Description: Any appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible.  Stories must be true, not semi-fictional accounts.  So-called “creative nonfiction” will not be considered. Stories must be between 1000–10,000 words in length. Language in the stories should be free of words or scenes not suitable for children. Stories can be submitted from any country, although they must be written in English. There is a limit of two contest submissions. No story may be entered in more than one contest. Stories entered in any of our previous contests will not be eligible for current year contests.
Details: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html

 

QWF Prize for Young Writers

Genre: Short Story, Nonfiction, Poetry (Ages 16 – 24)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
Prize: First prize of $1000; second prize of $350; third prize of $150
Description: Established in 2017, The QWF Prize for Young Writers is awarded each year to an emerging writer who is a resident of Quebec and who is between 16 and 24 years old. The prize goes to the author of the best short story, poem, or work of nonfiction written in English and published in an official literary publication during the previous calendar year. Work can be submitted either by the author or by the journal in which the submission was published, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per publication or writer.
Details: https://www.qwf.org/youthlitprize.html