The Montreal International Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Prize: $20,000 CAD to one poet for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines
Description: Run by the Department of English at McGill University in Montreal, this competition is committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry, to building international readership, and to exploring the world’s Englishes. A jury of internationally reputed poets and critics select a shortlist of 50 poems, from which a judge chooses one winning poem. The shortlist of 50 poems is published in The Global Poetry Anthology.
Details: https://www.montrealpoetryprize.com/

 

QWF Prize for Young Writers

Genre: Short Story, Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 1, 2020
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.
Website: https://www.qwf.org/youthlitprize.html

 

Room’s 2020 Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries plus $7 for each additional entry, and $42 USD for entrants outside Canada plus $7 USD for each additional entry (includes a one-year subscription to Room)
Deadline: June 1, 2020
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.
Website: https://room.submittable.com/submit/35799/contest-entry-creative-non-fiction

 

Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $16 USD per group of 3 poems
Deadline: June 2, 2020
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.
Website: https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit/12288/poetry-contest-for-emerging-poets

 

Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $10 USD per entry
Deadline: June 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm PST
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: This year’s competition includes two different contests. Each contest will be judged independently, and you may enter each as many times as you like. To participate, you must write an original story of less than 2,500 words in any genre that starts and ends with the opening and closing lines provided. The first contest draws its opening and closing lines from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; the second, from Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Website: https://literarytaxidermy.com/contest2020.html

 

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Prize: One winner will be selected in three categories and invited to read at the EMWF on September 13, 2020; $150, all the perks of attending the festival as an author and an invitation to read at the festival; winning entries will be published on the EMWF website and the names of the winners will be included in the festival weekend program. [Note: The organizers are keeping an eye on COVID-19’s possible impact on the festival’s scheduled date of September 13. Contest winners will be celebrated regardless.]
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 2000 words maximum.
Website: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/read-at-the-fringe/

 

2020 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, 2020
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $50
Description: Our 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.
Website: https://ozclub.org/2020-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, 2020
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.
Website:  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 15, 2020
Prize: A nominal award will be provided
Description: The seniors’ literary competition is returning for a second year after being launched as a pilot program that was well received. The contest is open to Ontario seniors 55 years of age and over, and it’s not a requirement to be a Royal Canadian Legion member. Submissions cannot be previously published. For entry forms, contestants should contact Seniors Literary Chairman Betty-Jean Murray by email at branch270seniorsliterary@gmail.com. You can also leave a message by calling 705-686-3388.

 

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, 2020
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.
Website:  https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize

 

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2020
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.
Website: https://www.upress.pitt.edu/prize/drue-heinz-literature-prize/

 

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $17
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Prize: $1000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters
Description: The competition opens on February 1 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.
Website: 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:  $30 per story (includes a one-year subscription to Alberta Views)
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Prize: $1,000
Description: Open to all current or former residents of Alberta. Stories must be under 3,000 words and must not have been previously published.
Website: http://albertaviews.ca/short-story-contest/

 

Southword Summer Literary Essay Competition

Genre: Personal Essay
Entry Fee: €10
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Prize: First prizes of €500 to two winning essays; both winning essays will be published in Southword 39 (Autumn 2020)
Description: A competition for original, unpublished, personal essays which border on memoir, gripping essays full of memories and feelings, between 2,500 – 5,000 words.
Website: https://southword.submittable.com/submit/161309/southword-summer-literary-essay-competition