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Opportunities for Writers September and October 2014

Over 100 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many cases.

Oxford American 
welcomes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for Points South and feature articles. Submissions for the winter issue close on 1 September.

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

The Fiction of Relationship
is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being conducted by Brown University. The course seeks to explore relationships and literature through readings of ten great works of narrative fiction from the 18th to the 20th century. The course commences on 1 September and runs for 14 weeks.

Nano Prize for Flash Fiction
awards publication and US$500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction of 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication. Entries close 1 September.

McSweeney’s Quarterly
publishes fiction and non-fiction and there are no genre restrictions (refer to the magazine to get a sense of the type of work they are interested in publishing). McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy. Submissions reopen 1 September. Continue Reading…

Sunday Times Short Story Award

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (US$50,800), making this the most valuable prize for a single short story in the world.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 1 January 2014. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. In 2014 the award went to Stanford Creative Writing Associate Professor Adam Johnson. Other past winners include Junot Diaz and CK Stead.

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Opportunities for Writers August and September 2014

Over 90 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Entries are now open for its Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Closes 1 August.

Can Serrat Residency 
near Barcelona offers two writers full stipends for 30 days (including accommodation and most meals). The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications close 1 August.

Costa Short Story Award
is run as part of the Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes. The award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4000 words.The winner receives £3500. Entries close 1 August.

Cold Mountain Review 
publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Gival Press Short Story Award
is now in its 11th year. Stories between 5000 and 15,0000 are eligible for entry and the winner receives US$1000 and publication. Entries close 8 August.

Writing Maps
runs a monthly writing contest to coincide with the launch of a new Writing Map. It challenges writers to submit a 150-word response to its prompt of the month. Each month’s two winning entries will be published in A3, the new Writing Maps journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months.

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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2014

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

Tupelo Press
is open to submissions throughout July from poets around the world. They are seeking book-length poetry collections (48–90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (20–47 pages). Selected manuscripts will receive be published and distributed across the United States.

CHA: An Asian Literary Journal
is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Submissions are currently open for the September issue.

Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future.The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

The Lifted Brow
is a magazine from Australia and the world, printed bimonthly with a digital edition produced fortnightly. The magazine has a particular focus on originality, humour and experimentation. They accept submissions of fiction, essays, art, comics. They are also looking for columnists. The August issue will have the medicine theme; submissions close 1 July. Submissions are also open for the December issue which will have an Art theme. Continue Reading…

19 Short Story Competitions in 2014

Earlier this year we posted 14 Short Story Competitions in 2014. After lots of positive feedback and more than a few requests, here are 19 more short story competitions to keep you busy. Entry fees are payable in most cases; check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions.

Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future. The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

Missing Slate’s Inaugural Fiction Writing Competition
is open to stories up to 10,000 words, as well as to novel excerpts. Based in Pakistan, The Missing Slate is an arts and literary journal created with intent to uphold free speech irrespective of geography, political or religious affiliations. The winning entry will be published in a print anthology and receive a cash prize. Entries close 1 July. 

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Opportunities for Writers May and June 2014

May and June is a busy time for writers and editors alike, with lots of submission deadlines before the northern hemisphere summer holidays. Below are over 90 writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more to get you motivated. As always, please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2013 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18.The final entry deadline is 1 May.

McSweeney’s Quarterly
is accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction for a limited time only. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.

Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May. Continue Reading…

 Opportunities for Writers April and May 2014

Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in some cases.

The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators
is offering four-week residencies to published authors. Four international authors and eight to ten Danish authors (four at a time) will be selected. This working residency is available to authors who have had at least two books of fiction or poetry published. Applications close 1 April.

Ninth Letter
is accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published in Spring 2014. Submissions close 1 April.

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