Contests (via the Writers’ Group of the Triads)

More opportunities for writers from the Writers’ Group of the Triad’s newsletter. Thanks again to Jack Register for the tip!


August 31

  • Glimmer Train ‘s The Short Story Award for New Writers.  Open only to writers
  • whose  fiction has not appeared (nor is scheduled to appear) in any print
  • publication with a circulation over 5,000. Maximum 12,000 words  Prizes:  $1500-$300, copies and publication
    Fee: $15

Deadline:  August 31

Magnolia Arts Center, Greenville, is now accepting scripts
for the Seventh Annual Ten Minute Play Contest. Entries must be no longer than 10 minutes when read or performed. Winners selected by the audience.

Prize:  $50

Entry fee: $3 or $5.  

Deadline: August 31

Bauhan Publishing: May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

Prize: $1000, publication + 1000 copies

50 to 80 page manuscript

Fee: $25 
Deadline: August 31

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

Prizes: $1000-50

Stry up to 1000 words

Fee: $4 for 1st entry; $3 for additional entries

Deadline:  August 31

Orphic Prize for Poetry Book

Submit 48-80 pages

Fee:  $27

Prize:  $1000 and 20 copies

Deadline:  August 31

Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest

Award: $250 and publication

Fee: $5  for up to 5,000 words per submission (multiple submissions are allowed,

though a separate entry fee for each submission is required).


Deadline: August 31

Off The Grid Press Poetry Prize

Prize: $1000, publication for a poetry collection by a poet 60 years

old or older, 50 to 70 pages.


Deadline: August 31

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Prize: $3000, publication for poetry collection of at least48 pages

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: August 31
Penumbra Poetry Contest
Award: $100 / $75 / $50 plus publication (poetry) ; $50 / $35 / $20 (haiku)
Fee: $6 (members) / $8 (non-members)
Poetry: up to 50 lines, any style or subject; line length may be edited to fit chapbook publication format. Haiku: three lines, but need not conform to strict syllable count. Top four winners in each category are published in the Seven Hills Review and receive a complimentary copy. Some otherfinalists also may be published.


Deadline: August 31

A Room of Her Own Foundation To The Lighthouse Prize

for a poetry collection 48 to 96 pages by a woman writer.

Prize: $1000

Fee: $20


Deadline: August 31

Wag’s Review

Summer Writers Contest

Prize: $1000, publication

for a poem or group of poems, short story, or an essay.

Online submission of up to 10 pages of poetry or 10,000 words of prose.

Fee: $20


Deadline: September 1

University of Notre Dame Press Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

for a short story collection by writers who have published at least

one collection.  Any length.

Prize $1000

Fee: $15


Deadline: September 1

Black Warrior Review

Prize: $1000.

for a poem, short story, and work of non-fiction. Send up to 3 poems, prose up to

7000 words.

Fee: $15   Details:

Deadline:  Sept. 1

3rd ANNUAL BEYOND BAROQUE POETRY CONTEST for poems up to 40 lines

PRIZES:  $10000 – $250. Five honorable mentions will also be given.

Fee:  $15 for  up to 3 unpublished poems.

Deadline: September 4

Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award

Prize: $1000, publication, up to fourteen weeks residency in Sitka Alaska

for a short story relating to the natural world or sense of place up to 5000 words.

Fee: $15


Deadline: September 13

Real Simple ‘s Life Lessons essay contest.

Award: $3,000, publication, and vacation package

Have your essay published in Real Simple. Win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors. 1,500 word limit. If you could change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be? No, you can’t go back in time, but here’s the next best thing. Think of a decision that you regret-anything from a ridiculous choice of prom date to a serious lapse in judgment-and tell us what the mistake taught you about yourself.


Deadline:  September 15

Science Fiction Poetry Association
The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s poetry contest is open to all poets. No entry fee. Cash prize.

Deadline: September 15

For more guidelines and submission:
Deadline: September 15

Farmingdale State College Paumanok Poetry Award

Prizes: $1500 -$750, travel expense for reading in Farmingdale, New York

Submit three to five poems, up to10 pages total

Fee: $25


Deadline: September 15

Literal Latte, Ames Essay Award

Prize: $1000, publication for personal essay up to 8000 words

Fee: $10


Deadline:  Sept. 17

Award: $100 / $75 / $50
Fee: None
To foster awareness of Past Loves Day, September 17, Spruce Mountain Press sponsors an annual Story Contest. The Contest, and the Day, offer an opportunity to acknowledge a truth that lingers in your heart. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both: What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person? What is it about that special someone that you still cherish? In particular, how did that person’s presence in your life change you and how you experience the world? Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell about your earlier sweetheart as if you were talking to your best friend.

Deadline:  Sept. 30
Prizes: $500-$50 ane publication
Fees:  Voices Israel members: $5 one poem, $10 three poems, $15 six poems.
Non-members: $6 one poem, $12 three poems, $18 six poems.
The competition is general and not necessarily on
Jewish or Israeli subjects. Challenging, humorous and/or curious
poetry is welcome. Poems should be unpublished, no more than
40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title.

Deadline:  October 1

Sycamore Review: 2012 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

Prize:  $1000

Fee:  $15   Final Judge:  Mary Karr


Deadline:  October 1
The “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2012 & The JUNIOR “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Contest 2012 FOR AGES 12-18

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas.
First prize, $1000.00 and a trophy.
Second prize, $500.00 and a ribbon.
Third prize, $250.00 and a ribbon.
Junior contest prize $250.00 and a trophy.

Fee:  $20 for adult contest, less for Junior contest



Deadline: October 1

Zoetrope Fiction Contest –all genres of literary fiction, 5000 words or less..

Award: $1,000 /$500 / $250

Fee: $20 per story

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

Deadline: October 1
Missouri Review 22nd annual E. Smith Editor’s Prize in fiction, poetry and non-
fiction.  Up to 25 pages of prose, 10 pages of poetry
Award: $5,000 (each genre) / feature in spring issue /paid travel to gala reading
and reception
Fee: $20   Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry.


Deadline: October 1
Consequence Magazine Poetry contest
Award: $200 and publication
Fee: None
Each year a distinguished poet is invited to select the winner of
The Consequence Prize in Poetry. The award for best poem on the subject
of war includes a cash prize of $200. The winning poet and three finalists will be published in Consequence Magazine. Details:

Deadline: November 13

Writing submissions in all genres for Open to Interpretation: Fading Light are now being accepted. Limit: 300 words.

Prize:  $500



Prime Number Magazine is now reading submissions for its 3rd year of publication, Issue 23 and beyond: distinctive poetry and prose: short stories and essays under 4,000 words, flash fiction and nonfiction under 1,000 words; poetry of all kinds; short drama, craft essays, book reviews, and interviews;  also looking for cover art that reflects the number of each issue (so we’re now looking for a 23). Prime Number Magazine is an online quarterly with updates posted between issues, plus a print annual of Editors’ Selections.

Deadline:  September 1

Sins & Needles: Writers and Tattoos, Bebington, United Kingdom
The editors of the tentatively titled anthology, Sins & Needles – are looking for personal nonfiction narratives about the meaning behind the tattoo. Please send 500 to 3,000 word essays in a PDF or Word document file via our submission manager.

Details: or   
Deadline:  September 15
Main Street Rag Short Fiction Anthology seeks submissions on the theme of Law and Disorder, maximum 10,000 words.


Deadline: October 1
Jeffery Hess, editor of the award-winning anthology Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform, is working on a new anthology of military short fiction to be called Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand, about US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.scheduled for publication by Press 53 on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013.
Award:  Publication.


Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry

Various themes and deadlines.
Chocorua Review is now accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.



Thrush Poetry Journal
The journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis and publishes online six times a year with one yearly “best of” print issue.

Deadline: Ongoing




Foothill: A Journal of Poetry

seeks submissions from currently enrolled graduate students for its  online and print issues.

Inch,  a quarterly magazine, put out by Bull City Press, devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction, seeks  poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or less.

Men Today Magazine 
seeks male writers.

No pay, clip-earning opportunity
Contact Anna 336-644-9955 or

Deadline:  August 31
North Carolina Literary Review seeks interviews and critical essays for a special feature section on North Carolina: A State of Change, a Changing State.

Persimmontree Magazine

invites submissions of short nonfiction pieces (250-500 words) for “Short Takes,” a section that will appear four times a year, and fiction and nonfiction under 3500 words, written by women over 60..

Poet Lore publishes poems, book reviews and critical essays about contemporary poetry, poetics and poets.

Prime Number Magazine

Fiction, essays, poetry.

Writing Raw
publishes weekly

No pay, clip-earning opportunity

Southern Writers Magazine

Will highlight published authors and their books. m

Thick Jam,
a new online flash fiction magazine seeks

beautifully written stories that stick .All genres except poetry or erotica considered.
Details: is looking for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. This journal,  founded in 2011 by NC Writers Network member Michael Brantley, plans to publish 3-4 issues each year, with the ultimate goal of a printed anthology at the end of each year.

Sundress Publications is currently looking for submissions from women for a multi-genre anthology (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) centered on the idea of “place” to be published in October 2013


Pedestal Magazine

Can submit up to 6 poems.  See guidelines at

Southern Living Magazine
seeking submissions for “Livings” section
Call 205-445-6000
Sun Magazine

seeking submissions for “Readers Write” section
Pays from $300-2,000 for essays/interviews, $300-1,500 for fiction and $100-500 for poetry.
Editorial Department, The Sun, 107 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(Un)Remarkable Magazine
Unpublished creative writing

See the MSR Monthly Newsletter for additional listings of publications currently open for submissions. provides updated information on publications for writers of fiction and poetry. lists visual and literary arts opportunities.


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