Don’t forget to check out our standing competitions catalogue for any competitions due this month.
The Far Horizons Award for Poetry is looking for original, unpublished poetry from any poet worldwide who has yet to publish his or her poetry in book form (48 pages or more). Each poem, of any genre, content and style, may not exceed 60 lines, excluding spaces between stanzas. Up to three poems may be submitted for a poet’s first entry. A second entry may contain 3-6 poems, a third entry 7-9 poems, etc. Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for the first entry. The winner receives $1000 (CAD) and an interview on the Malahat Review and in Malahat Lite, the magazine’s monthly e-newsletter. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Entry Fee: for first entry, $25 (CAD) for Canadians, $30 (US) for Americans, $35 (US) for others; $15 (CAD) for each additional entry (from anywhere). Deadline: May 1.
The New Apple Self-Published Summer E-Book Awards offers several awards in 30 fiction and nonfiction categories (see site) for an English-language e-book, published within the last three years and currently available for sale as an e-book by a self-published or small or independent press author. Each e-book can be entered into five or fewer categories. E-Books with additional formats (such as print or audiobook) are eligible for entry but the digital format copy will be the only copy considered for judging. E-Books published prior to January 1, 2016, are eligible for only the “2015 and Older” category and cannot be entered into any additional categories. There is a limit of one overall win and one category win per entry. Each category will have a solo ‘Medalist Winner’ and may have Up to three ‘Official Selections’. The ‘Medalist Winner’ and ‘Official Selections’ of each category will receive high resolution digital format New Apple Winner medallions (for placement on covers, websites, promotional materials, etc.) and a year’s worth of online exposure through NewAppleLiterary.com and the official New Apple twitter feed. Each ‘Medalist Winner’ will also receive a digital-format New Apple Winner’s Certificate and be announced individually through press releases distributed by New Apple Literary Services. And each ‘Official Selection’ will receive a digital-format New Apple Official Selection Certificate. Early Entry Fee: $20 (US) for first category plus $10 for each additional category. Standard Entry Fee: $25 for first category plus $15 for each additional category. Final Entry Fee: $35 for first category plus $15 for each additional category. Early deadline: March 1. Standard deadline: May 1. Final deadline: July 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, attention of prospective editors and publishers, a feature on Writer’s Digest website, a digital award seal, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest books, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Prizes are also offered for other winners. Early Entry Fee: $99 for first entry, $85 for each additional entry. Standard Entry Fee: $125 for first entry, $95 for each additional entry. Early Deadline: April 1. Standard Deadline: May 1.
The Annual Gulf Coast Prizes each offer $1500 (US) and publication in Gulf Coast for up to five poems (10 or fewer pages), a single nonfiction or a single fiction (each up to 7000 words). Two honorable mentions in each genre will be awarded $250. All entries are considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website. Entry Fee: $23 (includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast). Start: March 1. Deadline: May 1.
The Leapfrog Press Fiction Award offers an annual prize of $150 (US), manuscript critiques, bio and book description and a publication contract, with advance, for the best unpublished (or self-published with fewer than 200 printed copies) literary or mainstream, adult to middle-grade, fictional short story collection, novel, or novella of at least 22 000 words. All unpublished stories in collections will automatically be considered for publication in our journal, Crossborder. Contest awardees may inform us of any publicity/contracts/reviews of their entries. We will be happy to post that information on our website and in our newsletter. Entry Fee: $33. Deadline: May 1.
The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition offers an annual prize of $1500 (US) and publication in Cutthroat for a short fiction story up to 3500 words by a writer whose work has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5000. Early Entry Fee: $15. Standard Entry Fee: $20. Early Deadline: May 1. Standard Deadline: May 15 (post-dated).
The Readers’ Favorite International Book Reviews and Award Contest is looking for international English manuscripts, published and unpublished books, eBooks, audiobooks, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 140+ genres from independent first-time published, unpublished or self-published authors to bestsellers and celebrities or from small publishers and publishing giants. Each genre is judged separately. There is no limit on word count nor publication date. All entrants have a chance to win one of $50 000 (US) in prizes just for entering. Each winner and finalist will receive a personalized award certificate, digital award seals, other marketing materials and bragging rights to identify his or her book as an “award-winning book” and him- or herself as an “award-winning author”. There are also other prizes for winners, finalists and entrants, including a publicized and distributed book review on popular industry and social media sites; a mini-critique on 5 key literary areas: appearance, plot, development, formatting and marketability; a chance to have their book made into a movie or TV show; a chance to be published by a multi-award-winning traditional publisher; a chance to be represented by a renowned publicist; a chance to be represented by a renowned literary agent or leading literary management company; and a chance to be represented by a leading author marketing and PR firm. Early Entry Fee: $89. Regular Entry Fee: $99. Final Entry Fee: $109. Early Deadline: April 1. Regular Deadline: May 1. Final Deadline: June 1.
The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction offers $1000 (US) and publication in Southwest Review to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories, for an unpublished fiction story up to 8000 words. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: May 1 (post-dated).
The Anthem Essay Contest is offered annually to grade 8, 9 and 10 students (or equivalent) worldwide for a 600 – 1200 word essay responding to one of three topics based on Ayn Rand’s novel, Anthem. Essays will be judged on whether the student understands the novel and its philosophy, and is able to think analytically, communicate, take a stance, argue for and justify his or her view. Agreement or disagreement with the student’s stance and view will not be considered. The student may submit only one entry in a given year. Top prize is $2000 (US), though there are more than 200 other cash prizes. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: May 1.
The Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition offers publication, international exposure, your name on the cover of Writer’s Digest, an interview with Writer’s Digest, platform strategy consultation, one-on-one attention from four editors or agents, one-year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials, $5000 (US), and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Prizes are also offered for other winners. And winning entries will be on display in the annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. The categories being considered are: inspirational writing, memoirs and personal essays, feature/magazine articles, short genre fiction, short mainstream/literary fiction, children’s/young adult fiction, rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry and stage play / television/movie script. There are different word counts in each category. Early Entry Fee: Prose: $30 for first; $25 for each additional prose. Poetry: $20 for first; $15 for each additional poem. Standard Entry Fee: Prose: $35 for first; $30 for each additional prose. Poetry: $25 for first; $20 for each additional poem. Early Deadline: May 4. Standard Deadline: June 1.
The Grouse Grind Lit Prize for (Very) Short Forms offers a first prize of $500 (CAN) and publication in PRISM and on the PRISM International website for original, previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, hybrids and experimental work up to 300 words. Runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). PRISM will also purchase First North American Serial Rights for all work accepted for publication. Entry Fee: $15 for all initial entries; $5 for each additional entry. Submit only one entry at a time. To include a one-year subscription, or extension, to PRISM magazine, beginning with the contest issue, Canadian entries can add $35, US entries can add $40 and International entries can add $45. Start: March 1. Deadline: May 15 (post-dated).
The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is offered annually for the best previously unpublished chapbook collection of poetry or long poem (16 to 20 pages, one poem per page) from an entree who has not published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form. The winning manuscript earns $1000 (US), publication, 10 copies of the chapbook, a reading at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and the Cornelia Street Cafe ($500 travel expenses, if needed), and editorial and marketing advice. Entry Fee: $15 per manuscript. Starts: February 15. Deadline: May 15 (post-dated). Extension: June 15 (post-dated).
The Fountainhead Essay Contest is offered annually to grade 11 and 12 students (or equivalent) worldwide for a 800 – 1600 word essay responding to one of three topics based on Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead. Essays will be judged on whether the student understands the novel and its philosophy, and is able to think analytically, communicate, take a stance, argue for and justify his or her view. Agreement or disagreement with the student’s stance and view will not be considered. The student may submit only one entry in a given year, per contest. Top prize is $10 000 (US), though there are more than 200 other cash prizes. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: May 15.
The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is offered annually to grade 12 students, undergraduates and graduates (or equivalent) worldwide for a 800 – 1600 word essay responding to one of three topics based on Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged. Essays will be judged on whether the student understands the novel and its philosophy, and is able to think analytically, communicate, take a stance, argue for and justify his or her view. Agreement or disagreement with the student’s stance and view will not be considered. The student may submit only one entry in a given year, per contest. Top prize is $10 000 (US), though there are more than 200 other cash prizes. In addition, the four highest-scoring grade 12 students are eligible for additional prize money, up to $2000. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: May 15.
The New Letters Annual Writing Contests offer publication in New Letters to all entries for unpublished short fiction, essays and poetry of any genre. In addition, the best group of related or unrelated 3 to 6 poems (New Letters Prize for Poetry) by one person wins $1500 (US), the best short fiction by one person up to 8000 words (New Letters Prize for Fiction) wins $1500 and the best essay by one person up to 8000 words (Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction) wins $2500. Entry Fee: $24 (includes a year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, with $15 shipping charge for entries outside the US). Deadline: May 18 (post dated).
The CBC Poetry Prize is searching for original, unpublished poems or collections of poems in any form, style and topic from Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Entries can be up to 600 words in length; there is no minimum word requirement. The winner receives $6000 (CAN) from the Canada Council for the Arts, attends a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and gets his or her story published on CBC Books and in Air Canada enRoute magazine. Each of four finalists receives $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and gets his or her story published on CBC Books. Entry Fee: $25 per entry. Start: April 1. Deadline: May 31.
The Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry is offered annually for the best previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry (48 to 80 pages, excluding front matter, single- or double-spaced). The winner receives $2000 (US), a reading tour of select Florida colleges and universities, and publication of the book (about a year after the contest). Entry Fee: $28, $25 if you are mailing physically. Starts: February 15. Deadline: May 31 (post-dated).
The Connecticut Poetry Award offers publication in Connecticut River Review, two year membership in the Connecticut Poetry Society, a copy of the Connecticut River Review for each year and $400 (first prize), $100 (second) or $50 (third) for up to three original, unpublished poems, no more than one poem per page, of any form that are 80 lines or less in length each. Open to all poets. Entry Fee: $15 per 3-poem entry. Starts: April 1. Deadline: May 31 (post-dated).
The Yeovil Literary Prize offers different prizes annually, ranging from £50 to £1000, depending on the entry’s placement and the form of the entry — novel (synopsis and opening chapters totalling 15 000 words), short story (up to 2000 words), poetry (up to 40 lines) and writing without restriction (you write it — we’ll read it). All genres are welcome and all entries worldwide. Only one prose entry or up to three poetry entries are allowed per entry form. Agents and Publishers regularly search our winner lists for new talent. Entry Fee: Also varies by the form of writing, ranging from £5 to £12. Starts: January 1. Deadline: May 31.
The LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay Contest is looking for screenplays from college students currently enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university and/or graduate program anywhere in the world. The winner of the contest will have his or her screenplay made by Hollywood producers as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1 000 000 (US) as well as share in $100 000 in education grants. The top three finalists will receive an offer of literary representation at a Hollywood talent agency and management firm. The top eight finalists will be awarded a share of $100 000 in education grants and other prizes. All entries will receive professional feedback from experienced industry screenplay readers, along with an opportunity to purchase a one year digital subscription to Variety Premier at a huge discount (save $100 off the $129 subscription price). Early Entry Fee: $20. Regular Entry Fee: $30. Late Entry Fee: $40. Start: March 1, 2018. Early Deadline: March 31. Regular Deadline: April 30. Late Deadline: May 31.
The Inkitt Novel Contest offers a publishing offer, dedicated marketing, professional editing and cover design, and 51% royalties on print sales and 25% on ebook sales for a finished, original, non-fan-fiction English novel of any genre. Previously or currently self-published books are accepted. Minimum word count differs by genre: 20 000 words for erotica; 40 000 for romance and young adult; 60 000 for horror, mystery and thriller; and 80 000 for science fiction and fantasy. Fan fiction is not accepted. Four winners are determined by reader engagement and Inkitt judgement. The odds of winning are dependent on number of entries, votes accumulated and the engagement of your readers. You must own and will retain all rights to your stories. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: May 31.
Latest update: 2018