Archives For Competitions

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest 2015

Ploughshares literary magazine was established in 1971 and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. Its writers have frequently been recognised by The Pushcart Prize and selected for The Best American Short Stories.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have not yet published or self-published a book. The winning story, essay and poems from the 2017 contest will all be published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares, and the prize money on offer has doubled from last year. Each winner will now receive $2000.

The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 6000 words; poetry entries must be between 3 and 5 pages.

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The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Managed by Australian Book Review, the prize is worth a total of AUD$12,500 (approximately US$9400).

The winner of the 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize will receive $7000, and there are runners-up prizes of $2000 and $1000. In addition, three entries will receive judge’s commendation prizes of $850 each.

Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions.

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Literary magazine Oxford American is offering a nine-month fellowship to one talented writer. The selected fellow will receive a $10,000 living stipend, housing and an editorial apprenticeship with the Oxford American. The fellowship is intended to support the writing of a debut book of creative nonfiction.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, The Oxford American is a nonprofit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring “the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South”. The journalism and literature published in the Oxford American has received numerous prizes, including The O. Henry Prize and The Pushcart Prize, and has been featured in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Travel Writing.

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Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Can Serrat Residency 
near Barcelona is offering one writer a two-month residency including accommodation, workshop space and food. The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications open on 1 February and close on 1 March.

Black Warrior Review
publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers. Stories and poems appearing in Black Warrior Review have been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies. Submissions close 1 March.

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
is awarded by Selected Shorts and the 2017 judge is Lauren Groff. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on electricliterature.com. The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Closes 1 March

Mississippi Arts Commission
awards fellowships of up to $5000 in several categories each year. Literary arts applications ( screenwriting, playwriting, creative non-fiction) are open until 1 March. Fellowships in fiction and poetry will be next offered in 2018.

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
is run by Vermont-based journal Hunger Mountain. The winner receives US$1000 and publication. Stories may be up to 10,000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. Entries to the prize close on 1 March.

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Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2017.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 147 fellowships totalling $4,090,000 have been awarded.

Who Can Enter

The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible.

The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

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Literary magazine Prairie Schooner is currently accepting fiction and poetry manuscripts for its popular annual book prize contest. The winners will each receive US$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories:

  • fiction collections of at least 150 pages comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories
  • poetry collections of at least 50 pages

The competition is open to writers worldwide, and both unpublished and published writers are welcome to enter. Entries can be submitted electronically or in hard copy, and a reading fee of $25 is payable.

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The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 26th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2017. Two runners-up will each receive $1000.

Entrants are asked to supply a two-page outline of their entire novel, plus the first 50 pages of the work.

The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible. To enter this contest, writers must be United States citizens.

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