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The Brick Road Poetry Book Contest is offered annually for the best previously unpublished book (50-100 pages) of poetry. The winner receives $1,000 (US), book publication, 25 copies of his or her book and a publishing contract. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 1.

The Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Contest is offered annually for a previously unpublished and unproduced play. The winner receives $1,500 (US), staged reading and production of the play, publication in Bayou and VIP passes to plays for two years. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 1.

The Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest is offered annually for 2-4 original unpublished poems, of any style or theme, with a combined length up to 400 lines, to emerging poets who have not published a book of poetry and not won any prizes or contests. The winner receives $1500 (US), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, public reading at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival and a VIP All-Access Pass for the festival. Entry Fee: $20. Deadline: November 15.

The 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for best short story of 1500 words or less has a $3000 (US) prize (and more). No categories are listed. Early Entry Fee: $20. Early Deadline: November 16. Standard Fee: $25. Standard Deadline: December 14.

The Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest is offered annually for an original unpublished short story up to 7,000 words from writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Those who have published books in other genres remain eligible. The winner receives $1500 (US), public reading at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival, a VIP All-Access Festival pass to the festival, airfare and accommodations, and publication in Louisiana Literature. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 30.

The George Bennett Fellowship is offered annually to help writers of exceptional talent to carve out time to write. The winner receives room and board for writer and family at Phillips Exeter Academy, plus a stipend (currently $14,626 (US)). Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: November 30.

Latest update: 2015

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