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F(r)iction Fall Writing Contests
deadline: 1 November 2022
The competition is open to anyone over the age of thirteen.

There are three catregories:
• Short Story / submission fee: $15 / 1st prize: $1,000
• Poetry / submission fee: $10 / 1st prize: $300
• Flash Fiction / submission fee: $10 / 1st prize: $300
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition
deadline: 31st January 2023
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style.

Entry fees:
· up to two poems: £5 per poem;
· three or more poems: £4 per poem.

• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
• 4th prize: 4 x £50
The 2023 Colorado Prize for Poetry
deadline: 14 January 2023
The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest.
Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages. They may be composed of any number of poems.

There is a $28 online entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review.

The winner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.
Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
deadline: 14 November 2022
The competition is organized by Overland, an Australian literary and cultural magazine.

This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.

Entry fee: $12 AUD for subscribers and $20 AUD for non-subscribers.

The winner will receive $5,000 AUD. Two runners-up will each receive $750 AUD.
Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 5 December 2022
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject.

Entry fee: £10 for three poems.

The winner will receive £2,000.
The Masters Review Chapbook Open
deadline: 31 December 2022
The competition is open to emerging writers.

Entries can be short fiction, essays, flash fiction, mini novellas. Manuscripts should be between 25-45 pages.

The entry fee is $25.

The winning writer will receive $3000, manuscript publication, and 75 contributor copies.
2023 Rattle Chapbook Prize
deadline: 15 January 2023
The competition is organized by the Rattle, an American poetry magazine.

Each poet may submit 15 – 30 pages of poems.

The $25 entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle magazine.

Three winners will receive $5,000 and 500 author copies of their chapbook.
2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
deadline: 1 November 2022
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country.

There will be five winners, one from each region (Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, Pacific). The overall winner will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

The competition is free to enter.
The Society of Classical Poets 2023 Poetry Competition
deadline: 31 December 2022
The competition is open to anyone.

You may submit 1-3 poems on any topic. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables).

The entry fee is $20.

The winner will receive $2,000.
The Bedford Competition
deadline: 31 October 2022
There are two competitions:
• Short Story Competition
• Poetry Competition

The Short Story Competition is for original, unpublished stories on any theme up to 3,000 words.
The winner of first prize will receive £1.000.
Entry fees: £7.50 per story.

The Poetry Competition is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines on any theme.
The winner of first prize will receive £1.000.
Entry fees: £7.50 per poem.
The Fish Poetry Prize 2023
deadline: 31 March 2023
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.

Poem length is restricted to 60 lines. There is no restriction on theme or style.

Entry Fees: 14 € (9 € subsequent entries).

The winner will receive 1,000 €.
Top 10 poems will be published in the Fish Anthology 2023.
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition
deadline: 30 November 2022
The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.

Entry fee: €7 per poem.

• 1st Prize: 2,000 €
• 2nd Prize: 500 €
• 3rd Prize: 250 €
Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 14 November 2022
You may submit poems of up to 40 lines. Entries must be your own original work and in English.

Entry fees: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems.

Prizes:
• 1st £1,000
• 2nd £300
• 3rd £200
2023 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
deadline: 1 April 2023
You may submit one humor poem, in English. Your poem should not exceed 250 lines in length.

The competition is free to enter.

• 1st prize: $2,000
• 2nd prize: $500
• 10 honorable mentions, $100 each
2023 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
deadline: 16 December 2022
The competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel.

You may submit only one manuscript written in the English language. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.

The competition is free to enter.

The winning manuscript will be published by Minotaur Books. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.
The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction — 2022
deadline: 15 November 2022
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Flash fictions must be in English. Your entry must be 1000 words or fewer, excluding the title.

Entry fees: from $12 to $32.

The grand prize winner will receive $2,500.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
deadline: 9 October 2022
Entrants must be 16 years or over.

Entries can be on any theme or subject. Maximum length is 300 words.

The standard fee is £9 GBP for one submission. Reductions are available for multiple entries.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2022/2023
deadline: 16 October 2022
The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition open to both published and unpublished writers.

The story must be no longer than 6,000 words.

The cost of entry per submission is £10.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of £2,500. Shortlisted authors will each receive £200.
2023 Peter Porter Poetry Prize
deadline: 3 October 2022
All poets writing in English are eligible to enter.

Entries must be a single poem of no more than 70 lines.

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$25.

The winner will receive AU$6,000. The other four shortlisted poets will each receive AU$1,000.
The Moth Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 31 December 2022
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.

The entry fee is €15 per poem.

• 1st prize: 6,000 €
• 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
• 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems
The National Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 31 October 2022
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. International entries are welcome.

All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length. Entries can be on any subject.

The first poem submitted costs £7. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £5 per poem.

• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
32nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
deadline: 1 October 2022
The Missouri Review is currently accepting submissions for the 32nd Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. Writers can submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages.

All entries must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee.

Winners receive publication and a cash prize:
• $5,000 Fiction
• $5,000 Nonfiction
• $5,000 Poetry