Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.
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.
is Litreactor’s crime writing challenge is collaboration with Thuglit. Writers are asked to submit a crime story between 3000 and 5000 words that contains no Italian mafia, no hitmen or hitwomen, no sex crimes and no serial killers. Entries close 1 July.
Exile Book of New Canadian Noir
is seeking to publishing dark fiction that ‘spans across genres to capture the whole spectrum of the noir esthetic’. Stories can be between 1000 and 8000 words. Submissions close 2 July.
Catalina Film Festival Script Contest
is for feature film scripts between 60 and 180 pages. All top 10 finalists receive Catalina Film Festival Laurels, two Filmmaker Passes to the film festival, and discounted travel and accommodation opportunities. The final entry deadline is 3 July.
We Said Go Travel’s Summer Writing Competition
is now open for entries. The theme for the competition is ‘Independence: A Place That Allows You to Feel Free’ and there is no entry fee. Entries close 4 July.
is a yearly anthology of new writing and art based in Melbourne. It aims to showcase emerging writers and artists from all over Australia, featuring poetry, short stories, non-fiction, art, photography, comics and more. This year’s theme is encounters. The word limit is 2000 words. Submissions close 6 July.
Mills & Boon Historical Heroes Competition
is accepting submissions (the first chapter and a pitch) each week starring a hero from a specific era. Submissions for Warrior Heroes week close on 6 July. Every submission will receive a response from a Mills & Boon editor, with the tournament champion winning a detailed editorial consultation on their full manuscript.
Four Quarters Magazine
is now open to submissions for its August issue with the theme ‘Big Love, Small Towns’. Four Quarters publishes a broad range of material including essays, book reviews and poetry. The final dates for submissions is 10 July.
HG Well Short Story Competition
is for stories between 1500 and 5000 words. The 2014 competition theme is fortune. The shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. There are prizes in three different categories including £1000 for the best story by a writer aged 21 or under. Entries close 14 July.
New Guard Literary Review Contest
will award US$1000 to an exceptional fiction work in any genre. Pieces can be up to 5000 words and novel excerpts are welcome. A prize for poetry will also be awarded. Entries for both competitions close 14 July.
Rattle Poetry Prize
offers US$5000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of Rattle magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $100 each and publication, and be eligible for the $1000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entries close 15 July.
Heavy Feather Review
is a literary and arts quarterly dedicated to publishing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, or any hybrid thereof. Submissions are open for the summer 2014 double-issue with the theme Vacancies – the deadline is 15 July.
Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose
is open to original work with a fairy-tale feel – mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist. Two prizes of US$1000 will be awarded and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue. Entries close 15 July.
Bard Fiction Prize
is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester. Applications for the 2014 prize must be received by 15 July.
is a unique contest that aims to spot new writing talents. Every three months, three random objects are selected from a randomly gathered list. Writers are invited to make a short, sensible, and convincing story out of them up to 500 words. The winning story receives US$100, publication in MASH magazine, and has their story narrated by professional voice actors and broadcast in MASH podcast. There is no entry fee. The next round closes to entries on 15 July.
Strange Little Girls
is a project of Belladonna Publishing. They are seeking pieces between 2000 and 8000 words that feature strange little girls that are not like the other little girls (think Wednesday Adams, Merricat Blackwood, Alice, Drusilla, Carrie and Amy Pond). Submissions close 15 July.
BBC Radio 4
is calling for short stories to be broadcast as part of special series coordinated by the Sweet Talk production company. They are looking for emerging writers who are as yet unbroadcast and are largely unpublished. Stories need to be between 2000 and 2200 words in length. Submissions close 18 July.
Guardian Legend Self-Published Book of the Month
is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. To enter the competition you must submit an original work of fiction containing at least 40,000 words, as well as a synopsis of the work. Your work must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and cannot have been published (or agreed to be published) by a third-party traditional publisher. Submissions will be accepted between 1 and 18 July, and between 1 and 18 August.
Narrative Magazine’s Sixth Annual Poetry Contest
is open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. First Prize is US$1500, second prize is $750, third prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $75 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Entries close 20 July.
Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. First prize is €2000, publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Entries close 31 July.
Orlando Prize for Short Fiction
is for stories up to 1500 words and is open to women writers worldwide. First prize is US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Prizes are also offered for creative non-fiction, poetry and flash fiction. Entries close 31 July.
Narrative Magazine’s Spring Story Contest
is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. The judges are looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary non-fiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and non-fiction. First prize is US$2500 and all entries will be considered for publication. Entries close 31 July.
Malinki Press’s International Love on the Road Writing Contest
is for ‘for stories about people making connections, whether these connections are platonic, the kinds that lead to weddings, the kinds that just lead to bed, or the kinds that lead to heartbreak’. Submissions should be 4000 to 6000 words and can be fiction or non-fiction.Twelve stories will be selected for publication in the Love on the Road anthology and there are cash prizes for the best three stories. The 2013 Love on the Road anthology is available here. Entries close 31 July.
Book Smugglers Publishing
is seeking subversive fairy tale retellings. Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult audience submissions are welcome. Submissions close 31 July.
Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Writers Grant
is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, including writers of colour, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, and those whose marginalised identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and/or publishing process. Applications close 31 July.
publishes new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. It has a particular interest in promoting the short story. Each issue also includes a mix of poetry, book reviews and essays, alongside occasional author interviews and novel extracts. Work submitted in July will be considered for the Spring 2015 Issue, which will be published in February.
New Delta Review
is a literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. Since 1984 NDR has published the work of emerging and established writers. Its contributors are regularly included in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and Best American Poetry. NDR reopens to submissions in August and accepts a wide range of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, interviews, and artwork.
publishes short fiction, flash/micro fiction, non-fiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome. Submissions are now open for the September issue which carries the theme Future Fashions.
is seeking submissions for its Fall/Winter 2014 double issue with a special focus on Skin. Literal and figurative explorations of the theme welcome. Submissions are due 1 August.
Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
is offered by The Malahat Review, one Canada’s premier literary magazine. The winner receives CA$1000 and entries are open worldwide. The competition closes 1 August.
is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles. It publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people and visual art. Submissions for the Winter/Spring 2015 issue open on 1 August.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writer-in-Residence: Writers in the Schools Program
hires creative writers who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. Applications close 1 August.
Stoneboat Literary Journal
is an independent biannual publication that seeks to publish quality fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, artwork, and graphic literature. It aims to showcase outstanding and diverse work from both emerging and established artists. Submissions close 1 August.
was established in 1926. Prairie Schooner’s 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.
Five Mile Press’ Illustrator Prize
is searching for gifted, unpublished Australian illustrators with a passion for children’s books. It is offering a guaranteed publishing contract worth $4000 to the winner of competition and the opportunity to work with the company’s editors and designers to create a children’s picture book, board book or novelty book to be published in 2015/2016. Applications close 1 August.
Anchor & Plume Press
seeks work that is a celebration of language and place. Short works (poems, collection of photographs) and longer works (full length collections of poetry, hybrid prose, creative non-fiction, essays, and short stories) are welcome. Anchor & Plume’s next open reading period will begin on 1 August and closes 31 September.
is an international journal dedicated to literary translation. Submissions are currently open for its annual English-Language Poetry Feature for which the editors are seeking work that engages with mythology and the mythic. Submissions close 15 August.
Yale Drama Series
is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of US$10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading. The reading of the 2014 winning play will take place at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. Submissions for the 2015 Competition close 15 August.
Garden Route Botanical Gardens Trust Children’s Story Competition
is open to South African residents of any age writing in English, Afrikaans or Xhosa. Visit the competition website for the full story brief. Entries close 15 August.
Manchester Fiction Prize
is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000. Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. The organisers also offer a Manchester Poetry Prize. Entries for both competitions close on 29 August.
storySouth Million Writers Award
aims to honour and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2013. Both readers and editors of online publications can make nominations.
Carmel Bird Long Story Award
is for fiction between 4000 and 10,000 words. Winning and shortlisted stories will be considered for publication. Entrants must be either Australian citizens (living anywhere), or permanent residents of Australia. The closing date is 31 August.
welcomes submissions of up to 3500 words from contributors ‘who have something interesting to say and a talent for communicating’. Shortlisted stories will be considered for publication in an end of year anthology. Joy is the theme for the upcoming issue and submissions close 31 August.
is inviting writers to submit their work to their 2014 creative writing competition. First prize is £500 and the winner and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Entries closes 31 August.
Newcastle Writers Festival
takes place in Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia) between 20 and 22 March. The festival aims to shine the light on local and national literary talent, as well as promote the written word in all its forms. Submissions for workshops, seminars, author sessions and events are open until 31 August.
The WriteRoom.Org Screenplay Competition
aims to discover and recognise new talented, original voices (an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$5000). The competition supports screenplays of women for the benefit of an international and domestic audience. Men are also invited to participate but all screenplay entries must either have a female protagonist, feature dimensional female character(s) or have been either written, co-written or be from an original idea by a women co-writer. The grand prize is US$1000 and the final entry deadline is 31 August.
Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program
for women writers is located on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. The program is open to all women writers, whether their work has been published yet or not. Applications for 2015 residencies are open throughout July and August.
Griffith Review’s Twenty Under Forty in the Asian Century
issue seeks to identify the region’s new generation of writers who will be the agenda setters and style leaders of the future, introducing them to readers beyond their national borders. Expressions of interest to contribute are invited from writers from the Asia-Pacific region born in or after 1975.
is seeking flash novels between 3000 and 10,000 words. According to the editors ‘we view the flash novel as more than just a longer story. Don’t think of it as a collection of flash stories that make up a novel. We want the depth of a novel in under 10,000 words.’
Sixty Minute Story
challenges writers to complete a short story which can be read within a single hour and suited to smartphones and tablets. Stories should be a maximum of 15,000 words. Stories can be submitted directly via the Sixty Minute Story website and are made freely available to readers around the world.
Center for Fiction
provides quiet space for writers to work in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. They accept writers of all genres and people at all different stages of their career. Fees start at $100 per month.
publishes stories that take place in our here and now, or something very close to it. The editors like mainstream, fantasy and science fiction, but don’t want space operas or high fantasy: ‘Think The Twilight Zone or Flowers for Algernon or Robert Sawyer’s The Terminal Experiment or the Newford stories of Charles De Lint, rather than Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series or The Lord of the Rings trilogy’. Stories do not have to be speculative but they should contain elements common to speculative fiction.
decomP Online Literary Magazine
was founded in 2004 and publishes prose, poetry, art and solicited book reviews. Submissions should be accompanied by a brief biography.
Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency
is open to enquiries. Hannah specialises in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, and romance. She is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and religion (especially history and sociology of Christianity).
features new and classic stories (and story collections) from publishers and writers around the world. They are looking for great storytelling across a diverse range of topics and genres. All stories should be over 1500 words. They are currently looking for non-fiction, fiction, in-depth interviews, magazine features, ebooks and anthologies, book chapters or excerpts, and academic or professional research.
is a journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. They are seeking submissions by undergraduate students. Publication occurs on a rolling basis and each semester one author will receive a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.
P.S. Literary Agency
is currently seeking both fiction and non-fiction titles including memoir, history, humour, mysteries, thrillers, commercial fiction and books for young adults. Writers are asked to send a one page query letter only.
is a quick-access emergency resource that aids established Canadian writers who face an unforeseen financial crisis. Since the program has to date distributed CA$979,223 to 195 writers. Grants typically ranges between $2000 and $10,000.
is a quarterly interactive literary journal that joins many stories around each issue’s theme. The editors invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them including rewriting a familiar story from a new point of view, mashing genres together or writing a personal essay about some aspect of the selected theme. NonBinary review is currently accepting submissions for September’s issue on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and December’s issue on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.
is an online quarterly journal of fiction, photography and literary criticism. It welcomes submissions for new and established writers. New issues are released quarterly and submissions for the September and December issues reopen on 15 June.
is seeking dark crime fiction ‘in whatever subgenre you’d care to place it in’. Piece can be between 1500 and 5000 words. Crime Fiction also publishes one long piece between 8000 and 11,000 words in each issue.
Harper Collins’ The Wednesday Post
is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. According to their website, ‘whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.’ They are currently looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction.
publishes fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, interviews, and book reviews. There is no word or page limit, though they prefer prose that is between 3 and 25 manuscript pages. Florida Review’s reading period opens in August and runs until May.
is published twice a year and showcases the work of new or established writers and can include short stories of any length, reportage, essays or novel extracts from anywhere in the world. Submissions are considered year round.