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 2018-19 issue of the magazine, with each winning author receiving US$2000 and a meeting with literary agency Aragi Inc.
Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2018.
This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 152 fellowships totalling $4,265,000 have been awarded.
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Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories: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
Entries are now open for the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for 2018.
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.
The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. To enter writers must provide a story of up to 1200 words.
“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.