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1. Call for Submissions and Contest: Consequence Magazine

CONSEQUENCE magazine, the literary magazine addressing the culture and consequences of war, is currently accepting submissions of fiction and poetry for its Spring 2015 issue. All submissions must be received by October 1st. 

Guidelines for submitting can be found on our website

CONSEQUENCE magazine, the literary magazine addressing the culture and consequences of war, announces the 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction. The winning story will be published in the Spring 2015 issue and the author will received a cash prize of $250. 

Submissions for the contest must be received by October 1st. Please visit our website for submission guidelines.

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2. Poetry Competition: Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award


$3000 Award. 

Deadline: August 31, 2014. 

Final Judge: Douglas Kearney.

The winner of the 2014 Benjamin Saltman Award will be announced in 2015. Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be Douglas Kearney. Award is $3000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. 

Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31.

Go here for more information.

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3. Poetry Competition: Walt Whitman Award

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce two changes to its distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. These new partnerships are part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to support poets at all stages of their careers.

Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award will be accepted online between September 1 and November 1, 2014. The judge of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award is Pulitzer Prize­–winning poet Tracy K. Smith.

More information on our website.

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4. Flash Fiction Competition: Gemini Magazine

The deadline for Gemini Magazine’s Sixth Annual Flash Fiction Contest is September 2, 2014. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each win $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. 

Maximum length: 1,000 words. Any style, subject or genre. 

Writers' names are removed from entries before reading, so each entry gets an equal chance. Both new and established writers have won our fiction contests. 

Entry fee: $4 ($3 for each additional entry). Full details at our website.

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5. Essay Competition: The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis

The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis is sponsoring an essay contest on the intersection of ecology and Jungian psychology, in preparation for our conference, which is coming up in 2015. This is the 3rd such contest we've sponsored, and each time, the winners are invited to a writer's evening at our conference where they read their work. We also publish a compilation of the winners, and space permitting, honorable mentions. There are monetary prizes as well.
Entry fee: $10.00
First Place Award: $1000
Deadline: October 1, 2014 
Please visit our website for more information.

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6. Translation Competition: Lunch Ticket's Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual Texts

Lunch Ticket is now accepting submissions for our new Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual Texts. Literary translation is crucial to writers of all cultures. Gabriel García Márquez completes what Edith Grossman details as a "Translation Loop" in her book, Why Translation Matters. Without a translator, Cervantes' Don Quixote would never have been read by William Faulkner, whose work, in turn, was translated into Spanish and influenced the work of Gabriel García Márquez, whose work has been translated into over a hundred languages, influencing authors from America to Japan. Translation makes for the possibility of untold numbers of these "loops of influence”—without which, we might never read the work of writers we could literally not imagine a world without (nor would most of us want to). For that reason, we have named this prize to honor "Gabo"Gabriel García Márquez.

Please indicate whether your translation falls under poetry or prose, and refer to standard Lunch Ticket guidelines for work submitted in our preferred format. 
Please include the original work along with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; if this describes your work, please indicate this clearly in your cover letter, as the permissions requirements for your submission will be different. Please note when submitting translations that the responsibility for clearing rights and permissions for the translated works, and the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. If you are unsure whether or not you have obtained the correct permissions, we suggest you contact ALTA, or use their resources to ensure that you are in compliance with our requirements for publication: http://www.utdallas.edu/alta/publications/alta-guides
The winner will receive $200, and the winning piece will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket alongside the two semi-finalists.  
For further details and submission manager, visit our website.

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7. Short-short Fiction Competition: Crazyhorse

The Crazy-shorts! Contest
Online submission deadline: July 31, 2014

Submissions manager opens July 1!

From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website.

1st place will win $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication, and the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

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8. Nominations Open for 2014 Best of the Net Anthology: Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications is now open for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology nominations. This project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online.

The internet continues to be a rapidly evolving medium for the distribution of new and innovative literature, and the Best of the Net Anthology aims to nurture the relationship between writers and the web. In our first seven years of existence, the anthology has published distinguished writers such as Claudia Emerson, B.H. Fairchild, Ron Carlson, Dorianne Laux, and Jill McCorkle alongside numerous new and emerging writers from around the world. This year’s judges are Kathy Fagan, Lily Hoang, and Michael Martone.

Kathy Fagan's fifth collection of poems, Sycamore, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2016. Winner of the National Poetry Series and Vassar Miller prizes, she has received grants from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, and her work has appeared in venues such as FIELD, Narrative, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, and Poetry. Fagan teaches in the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.

Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. With Blake Butler, she edited 30 Under 30, and with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she is editing the forthcoming anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head, and she serves as Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.

Michael Martone's most recent book of essays is Racing in Place. The Flatness and Other Landscapes was the winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize. He has authored a dozen books of short fiction and edited several collections short prose including The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama and has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, Syracuse University, and Warren Wilson College.

Nominations for the 2014 edition must be sent to:

bestofnetATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

between July 1st and September 30th, 2014. Further submission guidelines can be found here.

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9. Poetry Translation Prize and Prose Competition: Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

To celebrate translation and translators, Gulf Coast has created a new translation prize and we're pleased as punch about it! In 2014, the inaugural Gulf Coast Prize in Translation is open to poetry and will be judged by Jen Hofer, a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, urban cyclist, and co-founder with John Pluecker of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. The winner of the prize will receive $1,000 and publication in the journal. To share the love, two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. Pretty fierce way to start a translation prize, non? Share this good news with your translator friends and colleagues!

2014 Barthelme Prize

Think good things come in small packages? So do we! Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Amy Hempel. This annual contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. So dust off those keyboards, sharpen those pencils, put in a new typewriter ribbon, and write something fabulous in its brevity.

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10. Writing Competition and Call for Submissions: Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is open for 2015 contest and non-contest submissions as of July 1. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, and you have until September 5 to send us your brilliance.
Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. 

Entry fee is $10 (reduced from $15 last year); all submissions considered for publication in the14th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the "Non-Contest" tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2015 and published in the 2015 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. 

Please use our online submission manager for your submissions, and see the guidelines for all details. 


Creative Nonfiction
Jill Christman’s memoir, Darkroom: A Family Exposure, won the 2001 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction and in 2011 was reissued in paperback by the University of Georgia Press. Her first e-book, Borrowed Babies: The Science of Motherhood, is forthcoming from Shebooks in Summer 2014. Recent essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Brevity, River Teeth, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Brain, Child, as well as many other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of English in Ball State University’s Creative Writing Program and teaches creative nonfiction in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program (where she is also a regular presenter at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference). In 2013, Jill was elected to the Board of Directors of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) and is currently serving as the Midwest Representative. She lives in Muncie where she lives with her husband, writer Mark Neely, and their two children. 

Mark Neely is the author of Beasts of the Hill (winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize) and Dirty Bomb (forthcoming 2015), both from Oberlin College Press. His chapbook, Four of a Kind, was published by Concrete Wolf Press and his poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and Barrow Street. He is an Associate Professor of English at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and the editor of The Broken Plate. 

Rachel Basch is the author of two novels. The Passion of Reverend Nash (W.W. Norton) was named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor.Degrees of Love (W.W. Norton, Harper Paperbacks) was translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of The Hartford Courant’s Book Club. Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared in n+1,Parenting and The Huffington Post. Basch was a 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She received the William Van Wert fiction prize for an excerpt from her new novel, The Listener, which will be published by Pegasus Books in 2015.She teaches in Fairfield University’s MFA Program and in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University. 

Some important stuff:
· Our contest is completely anonymous, so if you enter and your name is on the file, we have to bounce it. We understand that might be annoying, but those are our rules. So please double-check your file before pressing the “submit” button.
· Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are not eligible, as are current and former students of the editor.
· We ask that you look at the names of the judges. If you have a strong relationship with one of the judges, we ask that you not submit work in that genre.
· More on why we like the anonymous contest

What did we pick for our winners and others to publish last year? You should read a copy to find out! If you’re planning to submit, you can get a copy of last year’s Dogwood as an electronic publication via LitRagger. We also have excerpts and past submissions on our site. You can also read a bit more vagueness about our editorial sense. If you submitted to last year’s contest, you should have received an email with an invitation to receive a free electronic copy of the issue. If you missed that, or if you change your mind and want to check it out now, please email the editor at dogwoodliteraryATgmailDOTcom and we’ll send you one. 

Please sign up for our periodic newsletter for information about future contests and announcement of the winners!

For more information, please see our website or email:

shuberATfairfieldDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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11. Flash Fiction Competition: Gemini Magazine

Knock us out in 1,000 words or less! Grand prize: $1,000. Second place: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. Low entry fee of $4 ($3 for each additional entry). 

Names are removed from all entries before reading so everyone gets an equal chance. Any subject, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.

Deadline: September 2, 2014 

Maximum Length: 1000 words

For more information and to enter, please visit our website.


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12. Writing Competition: 2015 Mississippi Review Contest

The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review.

For more details and to submit, visit our website.
Key dates:
Contest opens: August 1, 2014
Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015

Winners and finalists announced: March 2015
Issue publication: June 2015
Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue.

If you have questions, please e-mail:

msreviewATusmDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ),

call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page.

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13. Poetry and Fiction Competitions: Ernest Sandeen and Richard Sullivan Prizes

The ERNEST SANDEEN and RICHARD SULLIVAN prizes in fiction and poetry are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press.


The Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction or one volume of poetry. Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.

Though the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes are open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one book of short stories or one collection of poetry, we will pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.

Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available on computer disk. Mail manuscripts to:

356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English,
University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, IN, 46556.

Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned. A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review.

The volumes of the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes will be published in trade paperback format with a limited signed hardback edition (primarily for libraries). The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.

The next Richard Sullivan prize submission period will be May 1 - Sept. 1, 2014; the next Ernest Sandeen prize period is May 1 - Sept. 1, 2015.

Selection of the winners is expected during the spring following the submission period. Both the Sandeen and the Sullivan Prizes are awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.

We intend to invite the winners to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.
If you have any further questions, please write to:

Director of Creative Writing,
Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes,
Department of English,
University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639

Or email:

creativewritingATndDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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14. Poetry Competition: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

The submission deadline for the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is fast approaching. This year's judge is poet Peter Everwine.

---Now accepting electronic manuscript submissions!---
We are now offering both hardcopy and electronic submission of manuscripts, as well as online payments (or pay by check) in order to accommodate the changing needs of our entrants.

Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found on our website.

Deadline: Sep. 30, 2014

The winning manuscript will receive publication and a $2000 prize.

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15. Poetry Competition: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

This is our 12th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,000. Total prizes: $3,000.

Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online.

Submit poems of any length by September 30. 

Fee: $16 for each entry of 1-2 poems.

Judge: Ellaraine Lockie.

See guidelines and past winners at our website.

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16. Writing Competition: Autumn House

The 2014 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests ​

Postmark deadline: June 30. The winner in each genre will receive book publication, a $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.

For our 2014 poetry contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Alicia Ostriker.
For fiction, the preliminary judge is Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Sharon Dilworth. 
For nonfiction, the preliminary judges are Michael Simms and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Dinty W. Moore.

Congratulations to our 2013 winners:
Poetry: Danusha Laméris, The Moons of August
Fiction: Tom Noyes, Come by Here
Nonfiction: Adam Patric Miller, A Greater Monster
See our complete contest guidelines at our website.

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17. Playwright Competition for Undergrads: Bill Hallberg Award for Creative Writing

The East Carolina University English Department has created the Bill Hallberg Award for Creative Writing, a rotating genre prize open to undergraduate writers who attend universities in NC, TN, VA, and SC. This year, the award of $500 will be given for two one-act plays or a full length play.

A staged reading of the play(s) will be performed at East Carolina University with the playwright attending (expenses paid.)

Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an instructor at the student's school.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2014. NOTIFICATION: January, 2015. PERFORMANCE: Mid March, 2015.

Send entries electronically to Robert Siegel:

siegelrATecuDOTedu (Change At to @ and DOT to . )

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18. Poetry Book Awards: 2015 Tufts Poetry Awards

2015 Tufts Poetry Awards – Postmark deadline July 1, 2014

Claremont Graduate University is pleased to announce a call for the 2015 Tufts Poetry Awards.
THE $100,000 KINGSLEY TUFTS POETRY AWARD is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California.

THE $10,000 KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by "a poet of genuine promise."

Poets, publishers, agents, or friends may submit eight copies of a book of poetry published between September 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. There is no entry fee for either award. Entries must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2014. For complete eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our website.

Tufts Poetry Awards
Claremont Graduate University
160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711-6165
909-621-8974 – tufts@cgu.edu

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19. Fiction and Poetry Competition: The New Guard

Deadline: Monday, July 14, 2014

Fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees
$15 entry fee, via Submittable online

We no longer accept submissions via postal mail. Please submit previously unpublished work only.

$1,000 each, in the genres of fiction and poetry, plus publication and one contributor copy for all winners and published finalists.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. Judged by Letters to Wendy’s author Joe Wenderoth.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Judged by National Book Award Finalist and author of Fast Animal, Tim Seibles.

Description: THE NEW GUARD is an independent literary review based in Maine. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on the site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. The Writer’s Hotel is the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer’s Hotel, we work with writers to develop their writing, online and in person at our Master Class Workshops. We are writers for writers’ sake.

Here at TNG and The Writer’s Hotel, we work diligently to support writers. We will stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems. We do all we can to help our fellow writers.
Give us your ire, your lore, your guarded passage.

Contact Information:

infoATnewguardreviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The New Guard
P.O. Box 866
Wells, ME 04090


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20. Writing Competition: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

2014 Prose & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest, beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards. We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel—mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will judge prose; Ilya Kaminsky will judge poetry. Both contests will award $1000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue. Reading fee: $10.

Submit online or to:

Fairy Tale Review, c/o Kate Bernheimer
Department of English
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721

Deadline: July 15th, 2014

Awards: $1,000 each

Eligibility & Procedure

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. For poetry, no more than five poems and/or ten pages per entry. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Online submissions link.

Reading Fee: $10.00
Ten percent of your reading fee will be donated to Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts. (Fairy Tale Review has no official affiliation with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam.)

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Fairy Tale Review Annual Contest Selection Process

1st Round of Judging: Non-Blind Read by Genre Editor and Editor. Finalists (approximately 15 poems, 15 pieces of prose) will then be forwarded to the contest judges for the 2nd Round of Judging.
2nd Round of Judging: Blind Read by Contest Judges. Judges change on a yearly basis.
Conflicts of Interest: Students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Arizona are ineligible for consideration or publication. Anyone with a substantial personal or professional affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category; if you have questions as to your eligibility, please contact ftreditorial (at) gmail (dot) com, and we will assess the situation together. Upon learning the Judges’ selections, the Editor will assess any potential conflict of interest before finalizing the result. We ask that past winners of our contest refrain from entering until three years after their winning entry was published.

Fairy Tale Review was established in 2005 and is an annual publication of Wayne State University Press.

About the Judges

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

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21. YA and Children's Fiction Competition: Hunger Mountain's Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing

Hunger Mountain is accepting submissions of young adult and children's literature. One first place winner receives $1,000 and publication and three category winners receive $100 each and publication. The categories are: Young Adult (YA) Middle Grade (MG) Picture Book Writing for Young Children. Enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should really stand alone. 

The 2014 judge is Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan. About: Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The print issue comes out annually in the fall.

Entry fee: $20.00

Deadline: 7/1/14

Enter here.

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22. Poetry Competition: 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.

This year’s Contest, the seventh annual, celebrates the memory of Maria Faust, who was a lover of poetry and a passionate supporter of the arts and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The Sonnet Contest itself has attracted international entrants, and Contest activities this year may include an opening event that features a discussion and sharing of sonnet forms. A closing award ceremony, which includes the reading of prize-winning sonnets and recognition of winning poets will conclude this year’s contest.

The free reception Award Ceremony will be the closing GRSF Front Porch Event on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Miller Auditorium of Stark Hall at Winona State University. Mark your calendar for readings of the sonnets by members of the GRSF company and the opportunity to meet some of the poets.

Cash prizes, totaling $1,200, will be awarded in a number of categories, including:
Best Overall
Best Yourth (17 & Under)
Laureate’s Choices
Local Area (Winona & adjacent counties): Adult and Youth

Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-Traditional form, and the contest is open to anyone interested in participating. Previously published and unpublished sonnets are welcomed.

The Contest entry fee is $5.00 for up to 3 sonnets. Enclose the entry fee check made out to: Ted Haaland, with a memo of “Maria W. Faust Fund.” Entries must be post-marked, First-Class mail, no later than July 1st, addressed to:

GRSF Maria W. Faust Sonnet contest
c/o Emilio DeGrazia
211 West Wabasha Street
Winona, MN 55987

Submissions will not be returned. Do not include your name on the sonnet submissions. Please include a separate information sheet with your name, address, email, phone number, Names of Sonnets, Age (if entering Local Area/17 and under), and how you heard about the Sonnet Contest.

Winners will be announced by August 2nd online.

Anthology of Winning Sonnets

The anthology of winning sonnets from the first five years of the GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, This Melody Weaves In And Out is still available.

Copies of the book are available through the GRSF merchandise booth and at select locations in Winona for $10 each.

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23. Writing Competition: The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

The Puritan, Toronto's most active and dynamic quarterly, is trying to get the word out: our third annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, is now accepting submissions. 

This year’s contest features $3000 in cash prizes, publication, and prize packs of books worth over $700 from such celebrated presses as Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Dancing Cat Books, Coteau Books, Coach House Books, ECW Press, House of Anansi Books, Brick Books, Book Thug, Freehand Books, Pedlar Press, Porcupine's Quill, Mansfield Press.

We are particularly excited to pass along that this year’s winning entries will be chosen by celebrated Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsie Gartner.

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: Sep. 30, 2014

The Puritan: Frontiers of New English
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information, please visit our website.
Questions? Email us:
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24. Poetry Competition: Cider Press Review Editors' Prize

The deadline is approaching for the Cider Press Review 2014 Editors' Prize Book Award for a first or second book of poetry.

The annual Cider Press Review Editors' Prize offers a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author's copies of a book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Cider Press accepts submissions for the Editors Prize until June 30.

The winner is selected by the editors of Cider Press Review. Past winners include Susan Laughter Meyers for My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass and Laura Donnelly for Watershed.

See our submission guidelines at our website.

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25. Writing Competition: Blotterature

Blotterature Literary Magazine's 50 Words for $50 Contest

Submit a piece of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poem with no more than 50 words. Blotterature will judge all entries submitted in a given day and post one winner daily on our Facebook page. The author with the most likes, shares, and positive comments within 24 hours of the daily posting wins the $50 at the end of the month. Please follow the guidelines below.

Submit no more than 50 words of Fiction, CNF, or Poetry
Only one submission per month
No previously published work
You must “like” Blotterature’s Facebook page before we will consider your entry
Must have a PayPal account set up in order to collect $50 cash prize
Daily voting takes place at 9 PM (CST) every evening. If you submit after 9 PM, your submission will be considered for the next day.
Blotterature reserves the right to not accept any submissions for any given day.

Further submission information here.

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