Don’t forget to check out our standing competitions catalogue for any competitions due this month.

The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for best independently published book in any genre offers $500 (US), editorial coverage, a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound, and stocking and promotion in all 115 Half Price Books retail stores in 16 states. Entry Fee: $40 per book. Deadline: October 1.

The Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Awards offers cash, publication and a copy of the Poet’s Market Catalogue for any poem — of all styles: rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more — up to 32 lines. The stipend for first place is $1000 (US), for second place $250, third $100, fourth to tenth $100 discount and eleventh to twenty-fifth $50 discount. Other prizes are also offered. Early-bird Entry Fee: $15 for the first poem, $10 for each poem after. Standard Entry Fee: $20 for the first poem, $15 for each poem after. Early Deadline: October 2. Standard Deadline: November 6.

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Short Story Competition for best 4000-word-or-less short story in science fiction, thriller, crime, horror, romance and young adult categories has a top prize of $2,500 (US), a trip to the 2018 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City and much more. Early Entry Fee: $20. Standard Entry Fee: $25. Early Deadline: September 15. Standard Deadline: October 15.

The Gerald Cable Book Award, for best book-length (at least 48 pages) manuscript of original poetry by an author who has not published a full-length collection, offers a top prize is $1,000 (US), publication and 25 copies of the book. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15.

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is offering 12th Graders and College Undergraduate and Graduate Students worldwide a chance at $20,000 (US) (or other amounts for placers) for an essay in one of three given topics. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: October 23.

The Indiana Review Fiction Contest is looking for previously unpublished short stories up to 8000 words. Top winner receives $1000 (US), publication in Indiana Review, and contributor copies. Each entrant received a one-year subscription to the Indiana Review. Entry Fee: $20, plus $7 postage. Deadline: October 31.

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award (Poetry) offers $500 (US) and publication for 50–84 pages of original poetry in English. Open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. Entry Fee: $30. Deadline: October 31.

The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize offers a first prize of $1500 (CAN) and publication in PRISM magazine for up to three original, previously unpublished poems up to 100 lines each. Poems from runner-ups will also be considered for publication in the winner’s issue. 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: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for International entries (includes a one-year subscription, or extension, to PRISM magazine, beginning with the contest issue). Each additional entry: $5. Deadline: Post-marked October 31.

Latest update: 2017

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