The FIELD Poetry Prize is offered annually for the best unpublished collection of poetry 50 to 80 pages in length. The winner receives $1000 (US), standard royalties, and publication. Entry Fee: $28 (includes a year subscription to FIELD Magazine). Deadline: Submissions are received only during the month of May.

The Sonora Review Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Contests offer annual prizes of $1000 (US) each and publication in Sonora Review for a short story of up to 6000 words, an essay of up to 6000 words, or 4 to 8 pages of poetry. All entries, not just winners, are considered for publication. Entry Fee: $15. Starts: February 1. Deadline: May 1.

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant offers $35 000 to as many as three works in progress to enable authors to complete great nonfiction books that involve imagination and diligent research and reporting. The contest is open to writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their contract for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, personal essays, and other nonfiction works intended for a general audience. Self-help titles and textbooks are not eligible. Submit your original proposal that led to your contract, as many as three sample chapters, a budget, a schedule for completion, a letter of support from your publisher and two other letters of support (not to come from your agent). Entry Fee: Free. 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of $150 (US), manuscript critiques, bio and book description and a publication contract, with advance, for the best unpublished (or self-published with fewer than 200 printed copies) literary or mainstream (including science fiction) adult to middle grade fictional short story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 All unpublished stories in collections will automatically be considered for publication in our journal, Crossborder.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: $30. 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. Early Deadline: May 1. Standard Entry Fee: $20. Standard Deadline: May 15.

The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction offers $1000 (US) and publication in the History Southwest Review to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories, for fiction story up to 8000 words. All entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning story appears. Works of fiction — and nonfiction or essay — published in the History Southwest Review during the preceding year are also eligible for the $500 McGinnis-Ritchie Award. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: May 1 (post-dated).

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 Publishizer Write-Off Book Proposal Contest matches authors with interested traditional, independent, niche and hybrid publishers through crowd-competition. Write and submit a compelling, agented or unagented, fiction or non-fiction book proposal to Publishizer before May 4. You don’t need a completed book. Until May 31, leverage your network to crowdfund pre-orders of your book. The more pre-orders you get, the more publishers will express interest. The proposals with the most number of interested publishers win $2500 (US) (first prize) and $1000 (second prize). Entry Fee: Free. Publishizer takes 15% of all pre-oder sales at the end of the pre-order campaign (half that of Amazon). Starts: April 2. Deadline: May 4.

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 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. The categories being considered are: inspirational writing (up to 2500 words), memoirs and personal essays (up to 2000 words), magazine articles (up to 2000 words), genre short stories (mystery, romance, etc.) (up to 4000 words), mainstream/literary short story (up to 4000 words), rhyming poetry (up to 32 verses), non-rhyming poetry (up to 32 verses), stage play (first 15 pages plus synopsis), television/movie script (first 15 pages plus synopsis), and children’s/young adult fiction (up to 2000 words). Early Entry Fee: Prose: $25 for first; $20 for each additional prose. Poetry: $15 for first; $10 for each additional poem. Early Deadline: May 6. Standard Entry Fee: Prose: $30 for first; $25 for each additional prose. Poetry: $20 for first; $15 for each additional poem. Standard Deadline: June 1.

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). The winning manuscript earns $1000, publication, 10 copies of the chapbook, a reading at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center ($500 travel expenses), and editorial and marketing advice. Entry Fee: $15 per manuscript. Starts: February 15. Deadline: May 15 (post-dated).

The Words and Brushes Collaboration II Short Story Contest offers publication and either $150 (US) (first place), $75 (second) or $50 (third) for short stories, between 2000 to 5000 words, inspired by one or more pieces of artwork on the Words and Brushes website. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: May 15.

The New Letters Annual Writing Contests each offer $1500 (US) and publication in New Letters for the best group of 3 to 6 poems (New Letters Prize for Poetry), essay (Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction) or short fiction (Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction); the essay and story can be up to 8000 words long. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry Fee: $20 (first entry), $15 (every entry after), plus $5 if submitting online (includes a year subscription to New Letters, with $15 shipping charge for entries outside the US). Deadline: May 18.

The Anhinga Press 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. Entry Fee: $28. Starts: February 15. Deadline: May 20 (post-dated).

The Yeovil Literary Prize offers different prizes annually, ranging from £100 to £1000, depending on 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), writing without restriction and Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award — in any genre. Entry Fee: Also varies by the form of writing, ranging from £5 to £11. Starts: January 1. Deadline: May 31.

The Connecticut Poetry Award offers publication in Connecticut River Review and $400 (first prize), $100 (second) and $50 (third) for up to three unpublished poems of any form that are 80 lines or less in length. Open to all poets. Entry Fee: $15 per 3-poem entry. Starts: April 1. Deadline: May 31 (post-dated).

The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest offers every entrant the unique chance to learn about the television writing industry, while also creating and writing a television pilot script. Each entrant will get a TV Pilot Kit, which he or she will submit for judging. The top 50 semi-finalists will attend the exclusive TV Pilot Boot Camp: Designing The Series webinar, then have one month to write the first draft of their pilots. The top 10 finalists will enter the ScriptXpert Story Specialists mentoring program, where they will polish their pilot and create a Show Bible. The winner of the contest receives unparalleled industry experience, a meeting with AMC and other industry insiders, and much more. Early Fee: $40. Early Deadline: March 31. Standard Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: May 31. Extended Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: June 30.

Latest update: 2016