Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest: Entries Close 15 May

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest 2015

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is currently accepting entries from writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have not yet published or self-published a book.

Literary magazine Ploughshares 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.

The winning story, essay and poems from the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest will all be published in the Winter 2019-20 issue of the magazine, with each winning author receiving US$2000 and a review from Aevitas Creative Management.

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Applications Now Open for the $35,000 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2019

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2019

Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2019.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 171 fellowships totalling $4,405,000 have been awarded.
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James Jones $10,000 Fellowship Contest for First-time Fiction Novelists: Entries Close 15 March

James Jones Fellowship 2019

The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 28th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2019. Two runners-up may 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The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible.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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Prairie Schooner Book Prize: Entries Close 15 March

Prairie Schooner Book Prize 2019

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Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories: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 (novels are not eligible)
  • poetry collections of at least 50 pages

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The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019: Entries Now Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize

The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019


Writers from around the world are invited to enter the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. The winner will receive £30,000 (approximately US$38,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must not have appeared before 1 January 2018.

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