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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The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition open to both published and unpublished writers.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.
Mslexia Women's Fiction Competition 2022 - Children's & YA Novel
deadline: 19 September 2022
The competition is for women who are not yet published as novelists.

The competition is open to unpublished novels of at least 20,000 words in any genre for children and/or young adult readers.

Entry fee: £26.

The winner will receive £5,000.
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.
2022 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers
deadline: 28 August 2022
The competition is open to emerging writers.

You may submit a short story up to 6,000 words.

The entry fee is $20.

The winner receives $3,000 and publication online.
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
Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 31 August 2022
There are two categories:
• Open category – open to all poets aged 18 years and over;
• English as an Additional Language (EAL) category – open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

The winners of each category will receive £1,000 and both runners up £200.
Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2022
deadline: 19 September 2022
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Submit complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words, in any genre, for adult and/or young adult readers.

Entry fee: £12 per story.

The winner will receive £3,000. Three additional finalists will each receive £100.
2023 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
deadline: 31 August 2022
The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years.

Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. Maximum length is 250 words.

The entry fee is £7 per story.

• First prize: £2,000
• Second prize: £300
• Third prize: £150
Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 26 September 2022
The competition is open to poets from any country.

All entries must be in English. Poems must each be no longer than 45 lines.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

1st Prize: £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000
3rd Prize: £500
Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022 Poetry Competition
deadline: 24 August 2022
The competition is international, open to poets writing in the English language.

The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.

Entry fee: £6 per poem.

• First Prize: £1,000
• Second Prize: £500
• Third Prize: £250
20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
deadline: 30 September 2022
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.

Entry fee: $20 per submission of 1-3 poems.

• The $3,000 Tom Howard Prize will be awarded for a poem in any style or genre.
• The $3,000 Margaret Reid Prize will be awarded for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
2022 University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize
deadline: 31 August 2022
The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full length works of fiction (novels and short story collections).

The entry fee is $28.

The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press.
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022
deadline: 15 September 2022
The Moth Nature Writing Prize is awarded annually 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.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022
deadline: 31 August 2022
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize for established and emerging poets and writers.

Entry fees
Poetry: £12
Short fiction: £18

Prizes:
• £2,500 for the Poetry Winner
• £2,500 for the Short Fiction Winner