The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest 2019

Entries are now open for the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for 2019.

Kenyon Review was founded by John Crowe Ransom in 1939. It prides itself on publishing talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, alongside many distinguished, established writers. Kenyon Review’s short stories have won more O. Henry Awards than any other non-profit journal and it frequently appears on lists ranking America’s best literary magazines.

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A Guide to Short Story Contests 2019 - Image: Typewriter on a Desk

“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” ― Paolo Bacigalupi

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

BBC National Short Story Award
is open to British nationals and UK residents who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom. First prize is £15,000 and entries may be up to 8000 words. Entries can be either unpublished or first published after 1 January 2018. There is no entry fee. The closing deadline is 11 March.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least 10 pages (or 2500 words) but no more than 50 pages (12,500 words). The entry fee is $17. The closing deadline is 14 March.

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The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its seventh annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$11,500) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.

The judges for the 2019 contest are Julian Barnes, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and Tim Hayward, winner of the Restaurant Writing Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018.

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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’.

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. The 2017 contest was won by Caitlin Campbell for her story ‘Quarterway House’.

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2018
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes. The winner of the 2018 Moth Poetry Prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$11,400), with three runners-up to receive €1,000 each.

The Moth Poetry Prize, formerly known as the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, is for a single, original poem that has not been published in any form (including being self-published or published online). The prize is open to all poets, both established and emerging, and there are no restrictions on nationality or citizenship. An entry fee of  €15 is payable and multiple entries are accepted.

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