The PRISM International Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms

Genre: short form works (see description)
Entry fee: $15 per entry; $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $500; runner-up prize of $150; second runner-up prize of $50
Description: 300 words maximum (including title) per entry. There are no other form limitations for this contest. Flash fiction and nonfiction, hybrid forms and experimental work are all welcome.
Website: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/the-grouse-grind-lit-prize-for-very-short-forms/

 

Poetry London Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: Free – £8
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Prize: £5,000 first prize; £2,000 second prize, £1,000 third prize
Description: The Poetry London Prize is a major international award for a single outstanding poem. The 2020 judge is Ilya Kaminsky.
Website: https://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: Standard fee is $25 AUD; Australian Book Review subscribers and students: $15.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Prize: First Prize: $6,000 AUD; Second Prize: $4,000 AUD; Third Prize: $2,500 AUD
Description: Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English.
Website: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-jolley

 

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $25 for the first entry and $15 for each additional entry
Deadline: May 1, 2020 at 11:59 PDT
Prize: $1,000
Description: The Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction is a contest hosted by The Malahat Review, inviting emerging poets from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere. Eligible poets have yet to publish their poetry in book form (a book of poetry is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.
Website: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_poetry/info.html

 

Curt Johnson Prose Award

Genre: Fiction and nonfiction
Entry fee: $20 USD; entry fee includes copy of Awards issue.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Prize: $1,500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction); all finalists will be listed in the awards issue.
Description: Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and non-fiction. Name and address on cover letter only.
Website: https://decembermag.org/2020-curt-johnson-prose-awards/

 

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Genre: Various (see full list on website)
Entry fee: Early-Bird fee: Poetry: $20 USD for the first entry; $15 USD for each additional poetry entry. Manuscript entry: $30 USD for the first entry; $25 USD for each additional manuscript entry. June 5 deadline entrees are each $5 USD more.
Deadline: Early-Bird deadline: May 4, 2020; regular deadline: June 5, 2020
Prize: One grand prize winner will receive many benefits including $5000 USD in cash. In each category, the first place winner will receive $1000 USD in cash and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop, the second place winner will receive $500 USD in cash and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop, third prize is $250 USD cash and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop, fourth prize is $100 USD cash and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop, fifth place is $50 USD cash and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop, and sixth through tenth prize is $25 USD cash.
Description: Writer’s Digest‘s annual writing competition aims to shine a spotlight on up and coming writers.
Website: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

 

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Genre: Literary fiction only
Entry fee: $17 USD online / $15 USD mailed, per story; no limit to number of stories
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Prize: $1500 USD, $500 USD, $250 USD, and two prizes of $125 USD each awarded to the Editor’s Choice.
Description: The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest opens each year on April 1 and is open to writers from all over the world.
Website: https://www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/

 

The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain’s Annual Literary Awards

Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction
Entry fee: $30 per entry (For every additional entry in any given category, there is a $5 fee.)
Deadline: May 15, 2020 (postmarked)
Prize: $1,000 for the 3 genre categories and will be published in the 2020 winter edition. First, runner-up prizes will be published in the spring issue of the following year.
Description: subTerrain is hosting their 16th Annual Lush Triumph Literary Awards, aiming to spotlight works in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. All entries must be previously unpublished material and not under consideration in any other contest or competition.
Website: http://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2014-awards-open+for+entries

 

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $40 — includes 1-year subscription to The New Quarterly
Deadline: May 28, 2020
Prize: $1,000
Description: This contest honours distinguished St. Jerome’s University lecturer, Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in founding The New Quarterly and who served for many years as co-editor. His approach to teaching, as well as his personal charm and endearing sense of humour, had an enduring influence on both students and colleagues; this award recognizes Peter’s outstanding contributions to his home department.
Website: https://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-award/

 

Grindstone International Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: £10 per entry
Deadline: May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm GMT
Prize: Grand prize of £500; runner-up prize of £50; shortlist prize of publication in Grindstone’s 2019 anthology plus invitation to the next Atmos Collection
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Single poems up to 40 lines in length are eligible for submission.
Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

 

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $30 USD per entry
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: The author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, and the collection is subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. The winner has ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract once it’s received.
Description: The award recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas (est. length of a novella is 50-150 pages). However, novels or single novellas will not be considered.
Website: https://georgiapress.submittable.com/submit/135077/flannery-oconnor-award-for-short-fiction-2019-competition

 

The Banister Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems; $4 for each additional poem
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: $300; $200; $100
Description: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.
Website: http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

CBC Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: $25 per entry
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: One winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and publication on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 and publication on CBC Books.
Description: Entries can be a single poem or a collection of poems up to 600 words. Entries must be unpublished.
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-poetry-prize-1.4090929