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The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
deadline: 30 May 2021
The competition is open to emerging writers.You may submit collections of short fiction, essays, flash fiction, novellas/novelettes, longform fiction or essays, and any combination thereof. Manuscripts should be between 25-40 pages.The entry fee is $25.Winner receives $3000, manuscript publication, a subscription to Journal of the Month, and 50 contributor copies.
19th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
deadline: 30 September 2021
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.Entry fee: $15 per submission of 1-2 poems.Prizes:• The Tom Howard Prize: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre.• The Margaret Reid Prize: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
The Wells Festival of Literature's Competitions
deadline: 30 June 2021
There are four competitions:• Open Poetry Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £1000, £500, £250);• Short Story Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £750, £300, £200);• Book for Children Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £750, £300, £200);• Young Poets Competition (£3 per entry; prizes: £150, £75, £50).
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
deadline: 15 May 2021
The competition is for original, unpublished literary fiction up to 10,000 words. The story must be in English.The entry fee is $17.• 1st prize: $2,000• 2nd prize: $500• 3rd prize: $250• two editor's choice prizes of $125
2021 International Essay Contest for Young People
deadline: 15 June 2021
Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old.This year's theme is “What is Life?”. Essays are accepted in English, French or Japanese.The competition is free to enter.1st prize winners will receive a cash prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $900).
Boston Review 2021 Writing Contests
deadline: Paid entry: 1 June 2021Free entry: 1 May 2021
The Boston Review, an American political and literary magazine, has announced two contests:• Annual Poetry Contest• Aura Estrada Short Story ContestThere is an entry fee of US$20 for writers from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.Contestants outside U.S., Canada, Western Europe, and those experiencing hardship may enter free of charge.The first prize winner in each contest receives US$1,000.
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2021
deadline: 15 September 2021
The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.The entry fee is €15 per entry.The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France.
Winchester Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 31 July 2021
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style.Entry fees: £5 for first poem and £4 for subsequent poems.• 1st Prize: £1,000• 2nd Prize: £500• 3rd Prize: £250
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021
deadline: 31 July 2021
The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17.Your poems can be on any theme and any length. Poems must be written in English.The competition is free to enter.The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, 25,000 copies of which are distributed to school, libraries and poetry enthusiasts.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
deadline: 6 June 2021
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 and early submission.Prizes:• 1st prize: £1,000• 2nd prize: £300• 3rd prize: £100
The SmokeLong Grand Micro Competition
deadline: 16 May 2021
Entrants must be 18 or older.Fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid narratives are considered. Word count: 400 words or fewer.
Entry fees: $6 for one micro, $10 for two micros, $16 for up to four micros.Grand Prize: $1,500Second Place: $500Third Place: $300Finalists: $100
The Rattle Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 15 July 2021
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.You may submit up to four poems per entry.The $25 USD entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle magazine.The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $15,000 USD. Ten finalists will each receive $500 USD, and be eligible for the $5,000 USD Reader's Choice Award.
Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021 Poetry Competition
deadline: 15 July 2021
The competition is open to anyone.The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.Entry fees (Adults): £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 for each subsequent poem.• First Prize: £1,000• Second Prize: £500• Third Prize: £250Young People winners receive smaller cash prizes. Child winners receive book tokens.
Poetry London Prize 2021
deadline: 26 June 2021
The competition is organised by Poetry London magazine.Entries must be in English. The maximum length is 80 lines.For Poetry London subscribers the entry fee is £4 per poem; for non-subscribers £8.• 1st prize: £5,000• 2nd prize: £2,000• 3rd prize: £1,000
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest 2021
deadline: 15 May 2021
The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.The entry fee is $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares.Each winning author will receive $2,000.
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2021
deadline: 31 May 2021
The competition is open to anyone who has not published a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry, except for self-published works or poetry chapbooks.The prize is judged in three categories: Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing.A single entry costs £10, two entries are £16.The winners of each category will receive £1,000.
Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors
deadline: April 12, 2021
Grist.org magazine is launching a climate-fiction short story contest.Authors may submit short stories (3,000-5,000 words) that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress.The competition is free to enter.• 1st prize: US$3,000• 2nd prize: US$2,000• 3rd prize: US$1,000
Bath Short Story Award 2021
deadline: April 19, 2021
Entrants must be 16 years or over.Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English.The entry fee is £9.Prizes:• 1st prize: £1,200• 2nd prize: £300• 3rd prize: £100
2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
deadline: May 3, 2021
The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is an annual short fiction competition run by the Australian Book Review.Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world.Entries must be a single story of between 2,000 to 5,000 words, written in English.Entry fees: from AU$15 to AU$25.• 1st prize: AU$6,000• 2nd prize: AU$4,000• 3rd prize: AU$2,500
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 30 April 2021
The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is a literary award for a first full-length book of poetry in the English language.The entry fee is $25 per manuscript.The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series.
The 2021 HG Wells Short Story Competition
deadline: July 12, 2021
The competition is open to anyone.This year’s theme is ''Mask''. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style. The competition for those 21 and under is free to enter and has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry.The competition for the over 21s costs £10 (£5 with student ID) to enter and has a prize of £500
The Moth International Short Story Prize 2021
deadline: June 30, 2021
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.Entries must be a single short story written in English. There is a word limit of 5,000.The entry fee is €15 per story.• 1st prize: €3,000• 2nd prize: week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 for travel• 3rd prize: €1,000
F(r)iction's Spring 2021 Writing Contests
deadline: April 29, 2021
The competition is open to writers over the age of thirteen.Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction.Entry feess: $10 / $12 / $15.Prizes:Short Story: $1,000Flash Fiction: $300Poetry: $300Creative Nonfiction: $1,000Up to five finalists in each category will be considered for publication in F(r)iction.
The 2021 Yeovil Literary Prize
deadline: April 30, 2021
The Yeovil Literary Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16.There are four categories:• Novel (1st prize: £1250)• Short Story (1st prize: £600)• Poetry (1st prize: £600)• Writing Without Restrictions (1st prize:
£250).Entry fees: from £5 to £14,50.
The Bath Novel Award 2021
deadline: May 31, 2021
The Bath Novel Award is a prize for unpublished, self-published and independently published writers worldwide.Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult readers.The entry fee is £28 per novel.The winner will receive a cash prize of £3,000.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021
deadline: August 31, 2021
Anyone can enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. This is an international competition and there is no age limit.There are two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction.Entry fees:£12 for one Poetry entry and £18 for one Short Fiction entry.Two main winners are selected – one for poetry and one for fiction – each awarded with £2,500.
The Bridport Prize 2021
deadline: 31 May 2021
The competition welcomes entries from writers across the globe writing in English, aged 16 years old and over.The competition has four categories: poetry, short stories, flash fiction and novel.Entry fees: from £9 to £20.Over £19,000 in prize money.
2021 Bristol Short Story Prize
deadline: 5 May 2021
The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers. Entrants must be over 16 years old.Stories can be on any theme or subject. The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words.The entry fee is £9.• 1st prize is £1,000• 2nd prize is £500• 3rd prize is £25020 stories will be published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 14.