The Iowa Poetry Prize offers free publication by the University of Iowa Press, under a standard royalty agreement, for a book-length (50 to 150 pages) collection of poems written originally in English. Entry Fee: $20 (US). Deadline: Submissions are received only during the month of April (post-dated).

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest offers $1000 (US) for an unpublished or published humour poem up to 250 lines long. Entry Fee: Free. Starts: August 15. Deadline: April 1.

The Annual Ashland Poetry Press Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize offers $1000 (US), paperback publication, 50 author copies (in lieu of royalties) and an optional reading at Ashland University for a poetry collection of 64 to 96 pages (one poem per page). Entry Fee: $25 or $27 for electronic submission. Deadline: April 1.

The Annual Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards Competition gets your self-published book into the hands of people that have the power to make things happen. It accepts books in all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry. The grand prize includes $8000 (US), national exposure and promotion, a feature article about you and your work, press releases and copies of your book sent to major publishing review houses, a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, attention of prospective editors and publishers, a one-year membership to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), a Marketplace Readiness Assessment consult, consultation with Book Shepherd, a $100 discount on a new writer’s website and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Prizes are also offered for other winners. Early Entry Fee: $99 for first entry, $75 for each additional entry. Early Deadline: April 1. Standard Entry Fee: $110 for first entry, $85 for each additional entry. Standard Deadline: May 2.

The Annual Gulf Coast Prizes each offer $1500 (US) and publication in Gulf Coast for poems (up to 5 poems and 10 pages), essays and fiction (each up to 25 pages). All entries are considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website. Entry Fee: $23 (includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Deadline: April 9.

The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished and independently published novelists, writing for adult or young adult (13+) readers in any genre, who are seeking commercial (traditional) publication. To enter, submit the first 5000 words plus a one-page synopsis of your unpublished or already self-published novel. Longistees will be asked for a complete manuscript up to 50,000 words for further judging. First prize is £2000, the Minerva trophy and a publicity interview. In addition, one lucky shortlisted author will receive a Consultancy Report, including structural critique and a follow up session with an editor from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Entry Fee: £22 per novel. Deadline: April 10.

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize offers an annual prize of $1000 (US) and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages. Entry Fee: $20 (includes one-year subscription to Spoon River Poetry Review). Deadline: April 15 (post-dated).

The New South Writing Contest offers a $1000 (US) prize in both poetry (3 poems) and prose (up to 9000 words of fiction or non-fiction). Second place in each category receives $250. Third place wins a three-year subscription to New South JOurnal. You must identify which form — poetry or fiction — you are submitting to. You must not have published before. Entry Fee: $15 (includes one year subscription to New South Journal). Deadline: April 15.

The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition annually offers screenwriters up to $10 000 (US) to the grand winner and $500 to several genre winners, and promotes, pitches and pushes all winners and semifinalists for a year. Short screenplays, up to 40 pages, could win $2000. Entry Fee: This varies by deadline and length of screenplay, ranging from $45 for long script and $25 for short script in January to $65 for long script and $45 for short script in April. Feedback, of 4 to 5 pages, including a logline, synopsis and critique, costs an extra $100. Deadlines: January 4, February 1, March 10, April 15 and April 29.

The Penguin Random House and Daily Mail £20k Debut Novel Contest offers a publishing deal, £20,000 advance and the services of literary agent Luigi Bonomi for the first 5000 words, along with a 600 word synopsis, of your novel, of any adult genre. Entrants must be 16 or older and not have had a novel published before. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: April 15 (novel must be complete by October 30).

The Passages North Prizes each offer $1000 (US) and publication in Passages North for the best short fiction up to 10 000 words (Waasnode Fiction Prize) or the best short-short fiction, nonfiction, hybrid essays, or prose poems up to 1000 words (Neutrino Short-Short Prize, up to three short-shorts per entry). Honourable mentions may also be selected for publication. All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue of Passages North. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: April 15.

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents offers an annual prize of $1000 (US), publication in Brain, Child, and public reading, showcasing and publicity, for a short story up to 1345 words. The winning fiction writer must be the parent of a child under the age of 10 at the time of the reading in September. Entry Fee: $20, plus $5 if sent online. Starts: March 1. Deadline: April 18 (post-dated).

The Omnidawn Publishing Poetry Chapbook Competition offers annual prize of $1000 (US), publication, 100 author copies and multi-source publicity for a poetry chapbook of 20 to 40 pages (not including front and back matter). International entries welcome. Entry Fee: $18. For an additional $2, entrants with US shipping addresses will receive one chapbook of their choice from the Omnidawn catalogue. Starts: February 1. Deadline: April 18.

The Bath Short Story Competition is open for any original stories (2200 words or less) on any theme or subject for adult or young adult (minimum age 13 years) readers. First prize is £1000. Entry Fee: £8. Deadline: April 25.

The DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest offers an annual prize of $1000 (US) and publication for a 18 to 44 page chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre-and-form work. Entry Fee: $19. Deadline: April 29.

The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition offers $5000 (US) and publication to any poet who has not had a book of 48 or more pages of poetry previously published in an edition of 500 or more copies (books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition) for a book of poems of 48 to 100 pages. Entry Fee: $25. Starts: March 1. Deadline: April 30.

The Writecorner Press E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award offers an annual prize of $1100 (US), publication on the Writecorner Press website and in a permanent website anthology for an unpublished short story of up to 3000 words. If the winner proves he or she is attending post-secondary education during the contest, his or her work will also win the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. Entry Fee: $15 for first entry; $10 for each additional one. Starts: October 1. Deadline: April 30 (post-dated).

The Winning Writers Tom Howard / John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest offers two annual prizes of $1500 (US) and publication on the Winning Writers website each for a short story and an essay of any theme and up to 6000 words. Entry Fee: $18. Starts: October 15. Deadline: April 30.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest offers you the tools and resources you need to complete a salable screenplay if you can turn the following logline into the beginning (15 pages) of a killer script: “With the most violent hurricane in recorded history heading straight for Manhattan, a rookie NYC detective is the only hope to bring down a group of international criminals who have planned the perfect heist.” Top 10 finalists are mentored in a 12-week ScriptXpert Scriptwriting Coaching mentoring program, including comprehensive feedback and Development Notes for every 10 pages submitted, and get their own copies of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work. A mentor will then help the finalists complete their final drafts (two week period). Final drafts will be judged further and the winner gets an A-List Screenwriter Experience — a three day stay in Los Angeles, accommodations at the swanky Hollywood Hotel, a one-on-one learning-lunch with Judd Payne, and one-on-one meetings with Pannon Entertainment and other industry companies. All finalists get the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, the Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips to Getting to FADE OUT and Movie Magic Screenwriter 6. And all entrants can request feedback for a $20 (US) fee. In addition, you show that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script – a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume. Early Entry Fee: $40. Early Deadline: January 31. Standard Entry Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: March 31. Extended Entry Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: April 30.

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award offers prizes for the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime manuscript (any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery). The winner receives $525 (US) worth of redeemable prizes, including an engraved replica of a claymore dagger; free admission to the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference, three Breakout Sessions and the Awards Dinner (reimbursement); free fiction and query critiques; a marketing plan; introduction to agents and editors; the right to use the “Killer Nashville Claymore Winner” logo; and possible publishing contract, book advance, agent representation and movie option deal. Other prizes are given to runner-ups and finalists. Any manuscript of exceptional merit deemed ready for submission will be recommended by Killer Nashville to agents, editors, and publishers regardless of placement in the contest. Entry Fee: $30 ($50 with critique). Deadline: April 30 (post-dated).

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award is looking for full-length, recently self-published or traditionally published fiction or non-fiction novels, graphic novels, short story and essay anthologies, or collections of any genre that contain elements of mystery, thriller or suspense. The competition helps writers legitimize and gain exposure for their novels. Winners are awarded the right to print the “Silver Falchion Award Winner” badge on their book covers, and are promoted on the killernashville.com website, in the killernashvillemagazine.com e-magazine, in weekly newletters, via Killer Nashville’s social media accounts and elsewhere. Entry Fee: Depends upon how many categories and subcategories are chosen. The first entry is free to registered attendees of the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Deadline: April 30.

The New Apple Self-Published Summer E-Book Awards offers Medalist Winners and Official Selections in each category a digital New Apple Winner or Selection medallion (for cover placement, website or promotional materials), a New Apple Winner’s or Selection’s Certificate suitable for framing and a year’s worth of online exposure through NewAppleLiterary.com and the official New Apple twitter feed. Medalist Winners also get individual press release announcements. Any English self-published or small press (releasing less than 25 novels per year) e-book currently available for sale and published between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016, may be entered into up to 5 of 30 available fiction and non-fiction categories. There is a limit of one category win per entry. Early Entry Fee: $25 (US) per entry for first category; $10 for each additional category. Early Deadline: April 30. Final Entry Fee: $35 per entry for first category; $15 each additional category. Final Deadline: June 30.

Latest update: 2016