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Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories: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
- poetry collections of at least 50 pages
The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 27th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2018. 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The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible.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.
“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.” – Truman Capote
UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS
Peter Carey Short Story Award
is for short stories between 2000 and 3000 words, and is open to Australian residents only. The winning entry receives AUD$1000, while the runner-up wins $500. First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Meanjin. Entries close on 26 March.
Tillie Olsen Short Story Award
is run The Tishman Review. The contest is open to stories up to 5000 words and all entrants receive a one-year digital subscription to the magazine. Entries close 30 on March.
Masters Review Anthology Prize
has a first prize of US$5000, with a total of 10 writers to receive publication in the anthology including payment. The prize is only open to emerging writers and stories must be less than 8000 words. Entries close on 31 March.
Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition. The competition is presented by the BBC World Service and the British Council, and co-produced by the Open University. Three winners will receive fully paid trips to London and there are two cash prizes of £2200 (US$3000).
To be eligible to enter the competition, writers must be over the age of 18 and be living outside the United Kingdom. Entries are encouraged from both new and established writers – one of last year’s winners had never written a play before and another had never written for radio.
The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its sixth annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$13,000) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.
The judges for the 2018 contest are bestselling travel writer Bill Bryson and celebrity television cook Lorraine Pascale.