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

Genre: Short Forms
Entry Fee: $15 per entry and $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.
Details: 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: First prize of £5,000; second prize of £2,000; third prize of £1,000
Description: The Poetry London Prize is a major international award for a single outstanding poem. The 2020 judge is Ilya Kaminsky.
Details: https://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 AUD standard fee or $15 AUD Australian Book Review for subscribers and students
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $6,000 AUD; second prize of $4,000 AUD; third prize of $2,500 AUD
Description: Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English.
Details: 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.
Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_poetry/info.html

 

december Magazine’s Curt Johnson Prose Award

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

 

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, early-bird fee for manuscript category is $30 USD for first entry plus $25 USD for each additional entry, and all entries after May 4 are $5 USD more each
Deadline: Early-Bird deadline is May 4, 2020 and regular deadline is June 5, 2020
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

 

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Genre: Literary Fiction
Entry Fee: $17 USD online or $15 USD mailed, per story
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,500 USD; second prize of $500 USD; third prize of $250 USD; two Editor’s Choice prizes of $125 USD each
Description: The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest opens each year on April 1 and is open to writers from all over the world. Winning stories will be read by three literary agents. Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print. Honorable mentions and semi-finalists will be listed online for up to 6 months. All work submitted will also be considered for non-contest publication. One short story per entry with no limit to number of entries. Story must be previously unpublished (including online). No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi), literary fiction only. 10,000 maximum word count.
Details: 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 plus $5 for every additional entry in any category
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each of the 3 genre categories and publication in the 2020 winter edition; runner-up prizes of publication 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.
Details: http://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2014-awards-open+for+entries

 

The Betty Award Spring Contest

Genre: Short Story (Ages 8 – 12)
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Winning entries will be published on the Betty Awards website. Maximum story length is 1,000 words. Entries must be the original unpublished work of the child entering the contest.
Details: http://www.thebettyaward.com/

 

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $40 (includes one-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.
Details: 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.
Details: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

 

Vancouver Writers Fest Youth Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story and Essay (B.C. Students in grades 8 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 29, 2020
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $100
Description: Submissions this year will be judged by award-winning writer Monique Gray Smith, author of Speaking Our Truth and Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience. The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 who are attending a school or being taught in a home-school environment in British Columbia. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished short stories and personal essays with a 1,500 word limit.
Details: https://writersfest.bc.ca/programs/education/writing-contests/

 

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $30 USD per entry
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: $1,000, and publication by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract (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.
Details: 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 and $4 for each additional poem
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $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.
Details: http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

CBC Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 per entry
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $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 finalist prizes of $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.
Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-poetry-prize-1.4090929

 

James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Awards

Genre: Creative Fiction and Nonfiction (Ages 12 – 18)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize: Six prizes of $2,500 each
Description: This award recognizes up to six Indigenous students for their creative writing talent. The three geographic categories are fly-in community, on reserve and off reserve (do not live in a fly-in community or on a reserve). A junior student (12 years old and younger) and a senior student (13 to 18 years old) is chosen from each geographic category. You must submit a creative writing piece that is completely original (a short story, poem, essay, play or song), self-identify as an Indigenous person, attend a school in Ontario and be a resident of Ontario. The awards are presented at a ceremony at Queen’s Park.
Details: https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-arts-and-literature