Archives For Contests

Earlier this week entries to the lucrative Montreal International Poetry Prize opened for 2017. The winner of the prize will receive a cash prize of CA $20,000 (approximately US $15,200). Montreal International Poetry Prize is open to original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines long. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world and do not need to be previously published poets.

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Welcome to our first opportunities round up for 2017. For readers who are new to our site, 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.

Firewords Quarterly
is an independent literary magazine with a strong emphasis on design, as well as substance. Firewords aims to be a publication where exciting new writers can have their voices heard and remembered. Submissions for issue 10 open on 10 January.

The Orwell Prize
is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Entries are accepted in three categories: books, journalism and ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’. Closes 12 January.

Mogford Short Story Prize
is for work with food and drink at its heart. First prize is £10,000 (US$12,500) and stories may be up to 2500 words. Entries close on 15 January.

River River
is a new literary journal from the heart of the Hudson Valley, in New York, USA. It features new poetry, short prose, photography and translations twice a year. Submissions for the Spring 2017 issue are open until 15 January.

Masters Review’s Short Story Award For New Writers
offers a first prize of $2000 plus online publication and review of your work by three literary agents. It is only open to writers who have not published a book and submissions may be up to 7000 words. Entries close 15 January.

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UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

Mogford Short Story Prize
is for work with food and drink at its heart. First prize is £10,000 (approximately US$12,500) and stories may be up to 2500 words. Entries close on 15 January.

Portable Story Series
is a new writing contest “with an audio twist”. It aims to bring stories to life through high quality recordings while supporting social causes that deserve greater visibility. Contests take place four times throughout the year and entries may be between 2000 and 4000 words. The first deadline in 2017 is 20 January and the theme is ‘Love Story’.

Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award
has been held annually since 1981. The award carries a first prize of US$3500 and has four finalist prizes ($1000 each) and five runners-up prizes ($500 each) and there is no entry fee. Stories can be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. The Nelson Algren Award is only open within the United States and entries close on 31 January.

Iowa Review Awards
are open to short fiction of up to 25 pages(double spaced), as well as poetry and nonfiction. First prize is $1500 and all entries will be considered for publication. The judge of the 2017 fiction category is Amelia Gray. Entries open on 1 January and close on 31 January.

Philosophy Through Fiction Short Story Competition
is open to speculative fiction (including but is not limited to science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternative history, or magical realism) that explores one or more philosophical ideas. These can be implicit; there is no restriction on which philosophical ideas you explore. First prize is US$500 and the winning story will be published in Sci Phi Journal. Entries close 1 February.

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition
offers the winner a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice (valued at £1000) and publication on writersandartists.co.uk. Stories must be under 2000 words and, unlike previous years, can be on any theme. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world and there is no entry fee. Closes 13 February.

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Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest terms and conditions. For more writing competitions and writing-related news follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Indiana Review Fiction Prize
This competition is open to short stories up to 8000 words in length. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Indiana Review. The final judge is author Aimee Bender and all entries will be considered for publication. Entries close on 31 October.

Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction
is offered annually by The Madison Review. The winning story will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries may be up to 30 pages. The Madison Review also runs the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry. Entries for both prizes close on 1 November.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries close 1 November.

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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’. The magazine has been edited throughout its history by Richard Burgin, a five-time Pushcart Prize winner.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is only open people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished.

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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. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

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.

 

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries close on 1 October.

Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
is now open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The three winners receive US$5000 each, publication in the magazine and a reception in their honour. Prose submissions may be up to 8500 words and poets may submit any number of poems up to 10 pages. Closes 1 October.

Guernica Fellowship Program
aims to provide deep training in magazine editing and production, coupled with opportunities to work on a dedicated writing or multimedia project with an editor-mentor. Up to five emerging writers, editors and multimedia journalists will be selected for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close by 1 October.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. The next application deadline is 1 October.

Seattle Review
is a print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas, and lyric essays. Submissions are considered year round but the $3 reading fee will be waived from 1 October onwards.

Marfield Prize
also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. The winner receives $10,000 and is invited to a short residency in Washington (expenses paid). Books must be non-fiction titles written in English by a single, living author, originally published in the United States in 2016. Entries close on 1 October.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by the literary magazine.The winner of the contest will receive US$1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2017 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published. Entries close 3 October.

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Opportunities for Writers in September and October 2016

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. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

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.

Soho Press
is accepting unsolicited submissions for its literary list. In general, the editors are interested in bold voices and original ways of seeing the world. Writers are asked to send three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter.

subTerrain Magazine
is based in Vancouver and is published three times a year. Submissions for its winter issue with the theme ‘Nostalgia’ close on 1 September.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
is offering up to five awards of US$6000 each for writers and artists with families. The money can be for things like child care, workspace, new equipment, research and travel. Applications close 2 September.

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
remembers Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. First prize is AUD$2000, publication in Island magazine and a magazine subscription package. Entires must consist of a single poem or linked suite of poems of no longer than 80 lines. Poets worldwide are eligible to participate and entries close on 2 September.

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft
is a new Skillshare class taught by Daniel José Older that explores the fundamentals of storytelling, providing participants with tools to use and questions to ask while developing their own stories. The class is for intended for both aspiring and established writers. Enrol using the link above to access this course, and hundreds of others, for three months for just 99 cents.

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