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1. Writing Competition: Pressgang Prize 2014

Pressgang Prize

Pressgang, the small press at Butler University, is looking for the following: Novels, memoirs, or book-length collections of stories or essays.
Submissions will be accepted online along with a $25 entry fee. We're okay with simultaneous submissions, and we comply with the CLMP contest code of ethics.

Prize: $1500 + publication + a reading at Butler University

Judging: Winner will be selected by Editor and editorial board, and announced in August. All other entries will be considered for standard publication.

Deadline: 5/31/2014

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2. Prose and Poetry Competitions for Women: A Room of Her Own

$1000 Poetry and Prose Publication Prizes for women

A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), a transformational community for women writers and artists, is seeking submissions from women writers for the $1,000 To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize (previously unpublished collection of poetry 48 to 96 pages in length) and $1000 Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize (previously unpublished, 50,000 to 150,000 words)

There is a $20 submission fee for each manuscript. Our 2014 deadline has been extended to July 31st. Winning manuscripts will be published by Red Hen Press.

Read more here on how to apply.

Please address all inquiries to:

infoATaroomofherownfoundationDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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3. Post Publication Book Awards: Housatonic Book Awards

We invite you to nominate your 2013 titles for the inaugural Housatonic Book Awards, operated by the MFA in Creative in Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University in cooperation with the MFA Alumni Writer's Cooperative (AWC). The mission of the awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing scholarship fund.

Five recipients will be honored in the areas of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Writing for Middle Grades and Young Adults, and Professional Writing. Any publisher, author, agent, or legal representative may enter a title in the appropriate award genre.

The Housatonic Book Awards are open for nominations between March 15 and June 15. This is a postmark deadline. Recipients receive $1500 and will appear at a WCSU MFA Residency in 2015.

Guidelines, the entry form, and the electronic submission portal may be found here.

The awards subscribe to the CLMP Code of Ethics.

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4. Call for Poetry Submissions and Poetry Chapbook Contest: Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace: Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 2

As a reminder: we accept a few kinds of submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files.

That said...please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration here.

For our fourteenth issue, we are entertaining poems with the theme(s) of origins and beginnings, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages.

Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2014

ADDITIONALLY, We are now accepting submissions for our first annual poetry chapbook contest, to be judged by Heather McNaugher!

For contest details, visit our Submittable page.

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5. Creative Nonfiction and Short Fiction Contests: Sonoran Review

Sonora Review 2014 Nonfiction Contest Submissions Now Open

Online submissions link

DEADLINE: May 15, 2014

JUDGE: Jenny Boully, author of The Body: An Essay and not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them.

WHAT WE WANT: Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Hybrid projects warmly welcomed. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.
HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send an SASE to:

Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief 
(c/o Nonfiction Editorial Board) Sonora Review
Dept. of English 
University of Arizona 
Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

Sonora Review 2014 Short-Fiction Contest Submissions Now Open

Online submissions link

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
JUDGE: Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

WHAT WE WANT: Your absolute best, most imaginative fiction up to 1,000 words. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send an SASE to:

Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief 
(c/o Fiction Editorial Board) Sonora Review
Dept. of English 
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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6. Essay Competition: Wielding Power

Essay Contest: Is Secession Legitimate?

Wielding Power is a new online magazine that's reviving the political essay, that classic mix of rigorous argument and vigorous prose.

Each issue poses a single question and offers a $1000 reward for the best answer received. Entry is free and open to any resident of the U.S. or Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 and older. Each entry should be between 500 and 2000 words.

The last day to submit an answer to 'Is Secession Legitimate?' is June 1, 2014.
For more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules, please visit our website.

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7. Poetry Competition for Women over Forty: 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

About the 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

Primary Judge: Jan Beatty, poet
Final Judge: Yona Harvey, poet


One prize in the form of $1,000; round-trip travel, lodging and a reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with judge Yona Harvey; publication in Voices from the Attic. Prize valued at $2,000.


Open to women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the U.S., who have not published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction (chapbooks excluded).

Up to two unpublished poems, of any style, per submission. Each poem must be 75 lines or fewer (not counting stanza breaks). Multiple submissions accepted.
A cover sheet with author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of poem(s), and a 1- paragraph bio. Author’s name, address, and any identifying information should not appear on any poem. If sending multiple submissions, please include all poem titles on a single cover sheet.
A clearly addressed, standard-letter-sized SASE for notification. If sending multiple submissions, enclose only one SASE.
$20 entry fee per each 2-poem submission (check/money order made out to Carlow University). If sending multiple submissions, send only one check for the full amount.
Simultaneous submissions accepted (please notify us ASAP if your poems are accepted elsewhere).


All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2014. Any submission received after April 8, 2014 will not be accepted (even if it is postmarked on April 1st).


Winner will be notified by April 30, 2014. All entrants will receive a copy of Voices from the Attic.


The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Jan Beatty, Director of Creative Writing
Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Read our Dobler Award FAQs, or contact Sarah Williams-Devereux at:

sewilliams412ATcarlowDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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8. Writing Competition: The Stoneslide Corrective

The Stoneslide Corrective is sponsoring a contest that seeks the best stories available. Fiction, nonfiction, or even a poem with powerful narrative drive—we welcome and will read story, in any form.

First prize is $3,000 plus publication. Second and third prize winners garner $500 and $250, respectively, and a chance at publication. The contest opens on the first day of spring and closes the first day of summer. Winners will be announced on the first day of fall. Or, if you prefer, open: March 20; close: June 21; notification: September 23.

The entry fee is $10.

Nobody but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money, was how Samuel Johnson put it. We always agreed. Now we will make a few writers into non-blockheads.

Only previously unpublished work is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but must be indicated as such, and if the piece is accepted elsewhere you must immediately withdraw it from the competition.

There will also be four additional prizes of $100 each for:
-striking use of wit
-beguiling character
-description that makes us think we were really there
-propulsive plot line and/or scene

Full contest guidelines are available here.

General submission guidelines are available here. The Stoneslide Corrective pays $250 for work over 1,000 words, and $100 for work under 1,000 words.

Pieces appearing in The Stoneslide Corrective include:

• fiction about a boy betrayed by both his girlfriend and his father, “Stripped,” by Mark Wisniewski, author most recently of Show Up, Look Good
• fiction about a man whose obsession leads him into a trap of his own devising, "Warning Light," by James Esch
• fiction about a modern day Ancient Mariner who washes up in Manhattan, “Mona’s Coming,” by Lynn Stegner, author most recently of Because a Fire Was in My Head

The Stoneslide Corrective publishes fiction. It also publishes nonfiction with strong narrative, along with satire and humor. Fresh content appears every Monday. The Stoneslide Corrective is a division of Stoneslide Media, which also publishes Stoneslide Books.

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9. Writing Competition: Fairy Tale Review

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.

Submit to the Poetry Contest.
Submit to the Prose Contest.

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10. Poetry and Fiction Competition: River's Edge Literary Magazine

River's Edge Literary Magazine will hold a poetry contest and fiction contest with a $1000.00 prize for each. There is no entry fee. All submissions in these two genres will automatically be entered in a contest. The deadline for the contest and fall issue is May 10th.

Please submit here. to riversedge.submittable.com

River's Edge is a national literary journal of the southwest edited by members of the MFA faculty at the University of Texas Pan American. We are seeking the best unpublished short fiction, poetry, scripts, art work, creative nonfiction and graphic literature. Our editors accept work in both Spanish and English and everything in-between.

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11. Writing Competitions: The New Guard

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.

Submit to both contests online.

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.

THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV contest readers are looking forward to reading your work! You can submit online via this submissions manager. The entry fee is $15. We no longer accept submissions by postal mail.

We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. If we accept your story or poem for publication, we trust you will remove that story or poem from all other contests upon our acceptance of your work.

Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only.

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12. Flash Prose Competition: Hayden's Ferry Review

HFR Flash Prose Contest!--Deadline May 15, 2014

Submit here.

We are now accepting entries for the 2014 Hayden’s Ferry Review
“500 for 500”
Flash-Prose Contest

Deadline: May 15th, 2014
Judge: Catherine Zobal Dent
Prizes: $500 and Publication
Hayden’s Ferry Review is now accepting entries for the 2014 Hayden’s Ferry ReviewFlash-Prose contest. The contest awards $500 and publication in Hayden’s Ferry Review Issue 55 to the winner. Two honorable mentions will receive $250 and publication on the Hayden’s Ferry Review blog. All entries will be considered for publication.

Contest fees:
We’re all poor writers (even more so since the AWP conference in Seattle), so this year we are giving you two contest fee options:
For $10, you will be entered into the contest and, if you are not a prize-winner, our regular submission queue.
For $20, you will be entered into the contest and our regular submission queue, but ALSO, you will receive a year-long subscription to Hayden’s Ferry Review. Subscription fees are regularly priced at $25/year.

Contest Guidelines:
Submit online via our submission manager.

All entries must be 500 words or under.
All entries must fit under the category of “prose” (including, but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction essay, memoir, prose poems, and hybrid work).

Each submission may consist of up to two (2) flash-prose entries per person. Entries should be submitted as a single document.
In your cover letter, let us know if your entry is fiction, nonfiction, neither or both!
All entries will be read blindly, so only include your name and contact information in the cover letter.
Submit your work as a single .doc, .docx., .rtf, or .pdf file.
Only previously unpublished work will be considered.

Our judge, Catherine Dent:

Catherine Dent’s first book of short stories, Unfinished Stories for Girls, will be published by Fomite Press in May 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as the Harvard Review, North American Review and PANK, and she won the Charles Johnson Award for Student Fiction while finishing her Ph.D. at Binghamton University in 2006. Current writing projects include Jubilee, a novel, and Polyester, a creative nonfiction book about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. A speaker of French and Italian, Dent is also collaborating on a translation of works by the French short story writer Cyrille Fleischman. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

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13. Writing Competition: The Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry
The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

$1,000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (Judged by Chang-rae Lee)
$1,000 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction (Judged by Anne Fadiman)
$1,000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (Judged by Major Jackson)

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Prose should be limited to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than three poems (max five pages). Work previously published (including on the internet) cannot be considered. Entry fee is $20 per submission. For an additional $10, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR.

For complete guidelines, visit our website.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 
infoATBLReviewDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The judges:

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered. His newest book, On Such a Full Sea, is was published in January 2014 by Riverhead Books. Native Speaker was awarded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and an ALA Notable Book of the Year Award. A Gesture Life won the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction, and was cited as a Notable Book of Year by the New York Times, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Aloft was a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book. The Surrendered won the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a nominated finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Granta, and many other publications.

Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, her account of the crosscultural conflicts between a Hmong family and the American medical system, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her best-selling essay collection Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a book entirely about books — from purchasing them, to reading them, to handling them. Fadiman’s most recent collection is At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, in which she discloses her passions for (among other things) staying up late, reading Coleridge, drinking coffee, and ingesting large quantities of ice cream. Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and she has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays. Fadiman has also edited a literary quarterly, The American Scholar, and two essay anthologies. She is currently working on a book titled The Oenophile's Daughter due in Spring 2015.

Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, which was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He is the editor of Library of America's Countee Cullen: Collected Poems and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and many other periodicals. Major Jackson has received awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and an honors from Witter Bynner. He was an arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Jackson is a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the Richard A. Dennis Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.

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14. Call for Submissions and Contests: BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal

BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal seeks to provide a venue for emerging and established writers/artists from the U.S.-Mexico border area and beyond to share their words and images.  
We seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews in both Spanish and English from every corner of the world. We also cherish a diversity of visual artists. Translations can be accepted provided the original author has consented to publication rights and to reprinting.  
The open submission period for volume 20 is March 5th to June 30th, 2014.  
Submit your work here.  
We look forward to reading your work.

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15. Poetry Competition: Zocalo Public Square

L.A.-based Ideas Exchange Zócalo Public Square is now accepting submissions for our third annual poetry prize, which is awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.

The winner will receive $500 and will be published by Zócalo on our site.

The deadline for our no-fee contest is April 1, 2014.

Send up to three poems to:

poetryprizeATzocalopublicsquareDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

More information here.

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16. Writing Competition: Imagine This!

Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays, along with reproductions of works displayed during ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Entry link.

The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an anthology competition sponsored by the Cascade Writers’ Group. The top twenty submissions (as judged by readers from the community at large) are published in the anthology; of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes ($1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place).

1). Submissions must be original, unpublished poems, short stories, or personal essays. Poems may be no longer than four pages, while short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1500 words. Poems can be submitted as a series of up to four poems if the poems are related by topic, theme, or structure (and are to be judged as one complete work). Poems that are distinct in topic, theme, or structure will be judged as individual entries, and must be submitted separately. You may submit your entry here http://glcl.submittable.com/submit.
2). Authors must be 18 or older in order to submit to this competition. All entries must be written in English. You do NOT have to be from the Great Lakes region to enter this contest; it is open to national and international audiences.
3). Submissions will be accepted online from February 15 through March 31, 2014. Entries are unable to be modified after submission. If you are unable to submit your entry online, please contact lisa.mcneilley@readwritelive.org mailto:lisa.mcneilley@readwritelive.org to discuss alternate submission arrangements.
4). The entry fee per submission is $20.00. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate $20.00 fee. The entry fee is nonrefundable.
5). We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions. Entries must NOT have been previously published in print or online (this includes self-publishing, blogging, Facebook posting, or posting on any other public forum).
6). Please DO NOT put your name or other identifying information on your entry; this contest is judged in blind fashion. You may include your name and contact information on your cover letter, however.
7). Names and identifying characteristics of actual people found in your work must be changed. Entries must be submitted as editable Word documents. We reserve the right to make corrections in spelling and grammar, or to make other changes necessary for publication. Verifiable sources must be provided for any factual information included in your entry. Sources should be included on a separate page as part of your submission. We cannot print works that include copyrighted materials from other sources.
8). In submitting to this competition, you agree that if you are selected, your work will be printed in Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press at Schuler Books & Music. You also agree to provide all rights for one year to Cascade Writers’ Group.
9). Entries selected for publication, and the top three award winners, will be notified by April 30, 2014. Authors with work chosen for publication in the anthology may have an opportunity to do public readings at ArtPrize venues.
10). Questions or concerns? Contact:

lisa.mcneilleyATreadwriteliveDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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17. Short Story Competition: Bevel Summers Prize

The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story will open to stories of up to 1,000 words. Stories for the 2014 prize should be sent to:

 Bevel Summers/Shenandoah
17 Courthouse Square
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450

and must be received between March 1 and March 31.

Send through our Submittable submissions link or send two copies via mail, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with an sase for notification.

The entry fee is WAIVED THIS YEAR.

Submit up to three separate stories. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah‘s first online issue.

Entries numbered over 200 in 2011, over 400 in 2012. The prize winner will be announced in early June of 2013 on the both the Shenandoah and Washington and Lee websites and through news releases.

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE. No friends, relatives, students or teachers of judge Nick Ripatrazone will be eligible this year.

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18. Poetry Competition: 2014 Frost Farm Prize

The 2014 Frost Farm Prize
Metrical Poetry Contest Open for Entries

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for their 4th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner will walk away with $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry in the summer of 2014. This year's judge is award-winning poet and translator Rhina Espaillat.

Last year's winner was Caki Wilkinson of Sewanee, Tennessee, for her poem, "Arts and Crafts." The poem appears in the 2013 edition of The Evansville Review.

"The writing of metrical verse – the use of rhyme and/or meter – is a precise and challenging craft and we want to celebrate this art form with The Frost Farm Prize," said Robert W. Crawford, co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets and a Frost Farm Trustee.

Submission guidelines are available here.

Complete Frost Farm Prize Guidelines:
Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission (entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank). You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets for example) but each poem will be judged individually -- please send in an entry fee for each poem in the sequence. Make checks payable to the "Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm." Please type the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of each entry. Entries will be submitted to the judge anonymously.

Postmarked by April 1, 2014

Send entries to:
Robert Crawford
The Frost Farm Prize
280 Candia Rd.
Chester, NH 03036

The results will be posted at our website in May 2014. Winner and honorable mentions (if any) will be notified by email or phone. Please DO NOT send an SASE for contest results.

These are the complete guidelines. For more information, visit and "like" the Hyla Brook Poets Facebook page.

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19. Poetry and Residency Competition: The Studios of Key West

TSKW was honored to take over the prestigious literary tradition founded by the Heritage House Museum 20 years ago, and continues a long tradition of the contest, which honors Robert Frost and encourages the creation of new poetry and haiku. TSKW is accepting contest entries through our online submission portal through April 1, 2014. Winning entries will be announced and published here on May 1, 2014.

Entry Fee: $10.00

*Previously published poems may not be submitted.

1st Place – A Two Week Residency at The Studios of Key West* + $200 Cash prize
2nd Place – $100 Cash Prize
3rd Place – $50 Cash Prize
2 Honorable Mentions awarded each category

*Residencies are non-transferable and will be scheduled with the winner to fall between May 2015 and August 2015. TSKW will contact first prize winners to schedule residency dates after May 1, 2014.

Submissions link.

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20. First Novel Award: The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

This annual award was created in 2006 to honor the best first novel of the year and carries with it a $10,000 prize. Each shortlisted author will receive $1,000. The shortlist for the award will be announced in September 2014 and the prize will be given at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held in December this year.

2014 Submission Guidelines

Any U.S. publisher may enter books that will be published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. We prefer that these be submitted as finished copies, if available. Bound galleys and bound, edited manuscripts are also acceptable. There is an entry fee of $50/title. You may pay online and apply with this entry form, or you may send the entry form and fee directly to:

The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
The Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Small independent publishers may apply for a fee reduction; please contact us at:

saraATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) or call 212-755-6710 for more information.

All entry forms and books must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2014. Entry forms and books may be sent separately. The Center for Fiction must receive eight copies of each book, bound galley, or bound, edited manuscript.

Publishers are urged not to hold submissions until the last possible date, but to send books, bound galleys, or bound, edited manuscripts AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Our reading process begins immediately upon receipt.


Only first-time novelists who are American citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this award.

Only full-length first novels written in English are eligible. Novellas, collections of short stories, whether related or unrelated, and YA novels are NOT eligible.

Novels in ALL genres are welcome.

Only books published for the first time in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 are eligible.

Books previously published elsewhere are NOT eligible.

Self-published books and eBook-only editions are NOT eligible.

There is no limit on the number of books entered by each publisher, provided each submission complies with the rules as above.

In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, The Center for Fiction will decide whether a book is eligible, and its decision will be binding.

Any books entered for the Awards process by the publishers that are subsequently determined to be ineligible, will still be subject to the stated entry fee of $50 per title.

The panel also may request titles that have not been submitted by publishers. Publishers are then asked by the Center to submit these titles for consideration and the entry fee will be waived.


The selection of the shortlist and winning novel is determined through a two-tiered process. The Center’s network of booklovers, which includes writers, librarians, and staff, will act as first-tier readers. The long list recommended by these readers is then forwarded to a committee of distinguished American writers. From those recommended novels, our panel of judges chooses the shortlist and the winner. (Our judges in 2013 were Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and the previous year's winner, Ben Fountain.)


Publishers of the winning and shortlisted books must agree:

A. To indicate that the book is a finalist or winner of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize by including the award medallion or approved text on future editions.

B. To inform authors of entered books that if chosen for the shortlist they must be present at the Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City and The First Novel Fête, both held in December. Travel and accommodations for each shortlisted author will not be covered by The Center for Fiction.

C. To inform authors that, if shortlisted, they must agree to participate in the Center’s related publicity, including a finalist reading (The First Novel Fête), at The Center for Fiction, just prior to the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner. The shortlisted authors agree that their readings may be used in audio and/or video formats on The Center for Fiction’s website.

D. All shortlisted writers agree to be interviewed for the Center’s website in audio and/or print formats. The shortlisted writers also agree that the interview may be used in an anthology of first novel finalist interviews.

E. The recipient of the Award must agree to allow his/her acceptance speech to be published in print, audio or video formats by The Center for Fiction on its website, and to be published in the Center newsletter and in a future anthology of first novelists’ interviews.- See more at our website.

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21. Poetry Competition: Moon City Poetry Award

• The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original collection of poems written in English by a single author.

• Individual poems in the collection may be published in periodicals or may have appeared in a chapbook, but poems should not be previously published in full-length manuscript form.

• Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press, its editors, or its judges, past or present. Missouri State University students, alumni, and employees are ineligible.

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages. Please include a Table of Contents and an Acknowledgements page.

• Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable.

A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.
• Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: May 1, 2014. Winners will be notified fall 2014 and the winner will be published in 2015.

First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Three additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

• For questions, please visit our website or contact Moon City Poetry Editor Sara Burge at:

saraburgeATmissouristateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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22. Essay Competition: Wielding Power

Essay Contest: Should Leakers of Government Wrong-Doings Be Punished?

Wielding Power is a new online magazine that's reviving the political essay, that classic mix of rigorous argument and vigorous prose.

Each issue poses a single question and offers a $1000 reward for the best answer received. Entry is free and open to any resident of the U.S. or Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 and older. Each entry should be between 500 and 2000 words.

The last day to submit an answer to 'Should Leakers of Government Wrong-Doings Be Punished?' is April 6, 2014.

For more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules, please visit our website.

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23. Fiction Competition: American Short Fiction

We are excited to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest opened for submissions on February 26th. This year we are honored to have Amy Hempel as our guest judge. Submissions will be accepted through the end of May.

General Guidelines

- Submit your entry online between February 26, 2014 – June 1, 2014.
Online entry link.

- The 1st place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our Fall issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication.

- Please submit your $20 entry fee and your work through Submittable. We no longer accept submissions by post. International submissions in English are eligible. The entry fee covers one 6,500 word fiction submission.

- All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself.

- You may submit multiple entries. We accept only previously unpublished work. We do allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us promptly of publication elsewhere. Winners will be announced in August.

Conflicts of Interest

Staff and volunteers currently affiliated with American Short Fiction are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, students, former students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible to enter. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

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24. Poetry Competition: Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award 2014

Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award 2014

To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014, University of Wales Trinity Saint David invites you to submit a previously unpublished English language poem in response to the word ‘harmony’.

The deadline for entries is 31st March 2014. The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony in Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum in July 2014.

They will receive £2000 and their poem will be displayed in the Dylan Thomas Centre for a year.

For more information, visit our website.

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25. Contest for High School and College Undergrads: Live Arts Contest

Greenville College will launch its first online literary journal, Scriblerus, this spring. We're hosting the Live Arts contest to kick things off. The contest accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and a host of visual media from high school students and college undergrads. The winners in each age category will be published in the first issue of Scriblerus and in the VISTA, Greenville's student-produced magazine.

You can visit the Live Arts information page on Scriblerus' website for information on how to enter.

The contest runs until March 31.

No Entry Fee.

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