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Writing Competitions Australia 2024

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Writing Competitions Australia 2024 comprises a list of writing competitions that are available for writers that are residents of Australia in 2023. The list, writing Competitions Australia 2023, is going to feature a lot of creative writing competitions in many genres such as
  • Short Story 
  • Drama
  • Essay 
  • Poetry 
  • Prose

Benefits Of Entering Into Any Of The Writing Competitions Australia 2024
Entering into any of the writing competitions will definitely guarantee you one or more of the following if your work gets selected.

  • Cash prizes
  • Publication 
  • Mentorship.
  • Recognition.


Hence, before we proceed to the full list of the writing Competitions Australia 2024, it'll be of greater importance on our part to share some tips to expect while entering some of these writing Competitions. 


To enter one of these writing Competitions Australia 2024, make sure you do the following:

  • Check the eligibility requirements for these Competitions. Some of them are restricted in respect of age, education qualification etc.
  • Check the genres of work that you're required to submit. Be it Prose, Fiction, Poetry, be sure to identify it before submitting to any of the writing Competitions.
  • Read the submission guidelines before proceeding to submit. Submissions Guidelines is always of necessity and that which an applicant should consider while entering a writing Competition. Failure to adhere to it might lead to the rejection of your work.
  • In respect of the aforementioned, always check the word count!
  • Also, check the deadline. Avoid submitting to a writing Competitions Australia 2024 that is already closed. Always ensure you submit before the deadline.
  • Find a place to write the dates for the announcement of shortlisted names for the contest in order to get duly informed as the Competitions proceeds.

Good luck!

List of Writing Competitions Australia 2024


Writing Competitions Australia 2024 January  

  • Defenestrationism's Lengthy Poem Contest 2024

Submit to Defenestrationism's Lengthy Poem Contest 2024, organized in memory of Christine Gawn Wick

A total amount of 300 U.S. dollars will be offered to a single winner of a Lengthy Poem Contest.

Submission for the 2024 Lengthy Poem Contest is now open.

Deadline: January 1st, 2024


  • Gemini Magazine Poetry Prize 2024


FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25
Entry Fee: $9 (up to 3 poems)

Deadline: January 2, 2024

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in our March/April 2024 Issue

Any Subject, Style or Length
Entries Must Be Unpublished
Poems on Personal Blogs OK
All Entries Are Read Blind

  • The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies 2024

The Steinbeck Fellows Program, endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox, offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project during their fellowship tenure. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success but have not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University's creative writing program.

The Steinbeck Fellowship Program is named in honor of author John Steinbeck and is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism. The program offers the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty, and graduate students, and to share your work in progress by giving a public reading during the fellowship. Fellowships include a stipend of $15,000. 

Deadline: January 5, 2024


  • Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Contest 2024

Writers, gear up for the last open call for Quantum Shorts's flash fiction. The contest is free to enter and is accepting submissions until 8 January 2024.  

Interested writers are required to craft a story no longer than 1000 words that takes inspiration from quantum physics. The story must also incorporate the phrase “nobody said this was going to be easy”. 

  • The Colorado Prize for Poetry 2024
The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing

Submission Guidelines 
Manuscripts will be accepted between October 1, 2023, and the postmark deadline of January 14, 2024 (note that we observe a five-day grace period for both paper and online submissions).

The winner will be announced by May 2024.

The winning book-length collection of poems will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2024. The author receives a $2,500 honorarium.

Deadline: January 14, 2024


  • The Gulliver Travel Grant 2023


Award: $1,000 USD.

Winner announced January 15, 2024.

Since 2004, the Gulliver Travel Grant has been awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature in their non-academic research. These funds are used to cover airfare, lodging, and other travel expenses. Travel may be domestic or international. You may apply for travel to take place at any point in the following year.

This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working with speculative literature. Speculative literature spans the breadth of fantastic writing, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy, including ghost stories, horror, folk and fairy tales, slipstream, magical realism, and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis.

This grant is awarded on the basis of interest and merit. If awarded the grant, the recipient agrees to provide a brief report of their research experience (500-1,000 words) and an autobiographical statement describing themselves and their writing (500-1,000 words) for our files and for public dissemination on our website and mailing list.



  • Rattle Chapbook Prize 2024
While most chapbook contests offer maybe $500 and 25 copies of your chapbook, we’re going to give a few poets something special. Every year, three winners will receive:

$5,000.

500 copies.

Distribution to Rattle’s 8,000+ subscribers.

In a world where a bestselling full-length poetry book means 1,000 copies sold, the winners will reach an audience more than seven times as large on the first day alone—an audience that includes hundreds of other literary magazines, presses, and well-known poets. This will be a chapbook to launch a career.

And maybe the best part is this: Every Rattle subscriber will receive a copy of each winning chapbook. Beginning in 2018, each quarterly issue of Rattle includes a bonus chapbook delivered to every subscriber, most of which being selected through this annual competition.

DEADLINE:
January 15, 2024 (11:59 p.m. PST)


  • Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction 2024 and Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry 2024
The Madison Review accepts contest submissions from November 1st, 2023 to January 22nd, 2024. Contests will have a submission fee of $10.

Phylis Smart-Young prize in poetry:

Phylis Smart-Young submissions should adhere to poetry submission standards, with the exception the 5-poem maximum. Submissions should be exactly three poems, no fewer and no more, with a maximum length of 15 pages.
Chris O'Malley prize in fiction:

Chris O'Malley submissions are to follow the same standards as all other fiction submissions.
Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems). Updates on the contests can be found on our Instagram and our Twitter feed.

Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction 2024 

The finest unpublished short story is awarded $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of The Madison Review!

Deadline: January 22, 2024


  • Pawners Paper's Spoken Word and Poetry Contest 1.0 2024
The maiden edition of Pawners Paper's Spoken Word and Poetry Contest 1.0 is currently open for submission. We hereby invite submissions from poets and spoken word artists to submit their best pieces in contest for the cash prizes.

About Pawners Paper's Maiden Spoken Words and Poetry Contest 1.0 2024

The Spoken Words and Poetry Contest 1.0 2024 marks the maiden edition of an annual literary competition organized by Pawners Paper with the sole purpose of rewarding writers and other creatives for their outstanding brilliance, creativity, and hard work exerted in their different forms of knowledge production.

Hence, we seek works that showcase creativity, inspire expansive imaginations, and align with the designated themes for each category.

The contest is open to two genres: Spoken Word and Poetry. For each category, interested persons are to follow the submission guidelines below.

Cash Prizes: $40 plus publication of shortlisted entries.

Entry Fee: No entry fee.

Deadline: January 30

  • Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest 2023


Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, the annual Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest has a place for you.

Deadline: The contest submission period opens on January 2, 2024, and submissions can be emailed up to midnight Pacific time, January 31, 2024.

The contest offers prizes for nine winners overall, thanks to the generosity of contest sponsor Askew’s Foods:

$200 for First Place in each category (short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), plus a 2024 festival registration package
$125 for Second Place in each category, plus a festival banquet package
$100 for Honourable Mention in each category, plus a festival banquet package
All winning entries will also be published in the 2024 edition of the Askew’s Word on the Lake Anthology. Everyone who enters the contest will receive a copy of the anthology in ebook format (epub, mobi, and PDF), and each contest winner also receives the anthology in print. The 2024 anthology, along with anthologies from previous years, will be available at the festival and online.

Each entry to the contest has a $15 Canadian entry fee, one hundred percent of which goes directly to supporting the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival


  • Story Unlikely Annual Short Story Contest 2024

Attention storytellers: we just want good stories! There are no restrictions on genre: fantasy, sci fi, memoir, fiction/nonfiction, etc - we don't care as long as it's written and told with quality and care. The story itself cannot exceed 4,500 words. There are no restrictions on age or location of participant, and no need to ask us for permission to participate in the contest - just follow the guidelines below.

What do I win?
      A $1,000 $1,500 prize package will be divvied up like so: $750 first place, $500 second place, $250 third place. The winning story will be featured on Story Unlikely's website, will be strongly considered for our annual (print) sample magazine, and may be sent out as the bonus story for signing up, which means a lot of exposure to the winner.

Deadline: January 31


Writing Competitions Australia 2024 February 

  • Dragonblade Publishing's Write Track Competition 2024

The “Write Track” (formerly “The Write Stuff”) Competition is an annual quest to find great talent and reward excellence. Both new and established authors are encouraged to participate for a grand prize of $1,000 and a publishing contract with Dragonblade Publishing.

Submissions cut off February 1, 2024


  • The Ambroggio Prize 2024
The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by the University of Arizona Press, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to publishing the award-winning works of emerging and established voices in Latinx and Indigenous literature, as well as groundbreaking scholarship in Latinx and Indigenous studies.

Established in 2017, the Ambroggio Prize is the only annual award of its kind in the United States that honors American poets whose first language is Spanish.

Deadline: Submissions for the 2024 Ambroggio Prize will be accepted from September 15, 2023 to February 15, 2024. The judge is Norma Elia Cantú. 



  • Harold Morton Landon Translation Award 2024
This $1,000 award recognizes the work of a translator for a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. Established in 1976, it is given annually. A noted translator chooses the winning book.

Submissions for the 2024 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award will be accepted from September 15, 2023 through February 15, 2024. The judge is Valzhyna Mort.



  • The Tower Poetry Competition 2024
The Tower Poetry Competition offers the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets. The competition is free to enter and it is open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK. 

The competition is judged anonymously by two guest judges, who are different each year, and the Christopher Tower Student. Each year the theme is chosen with the intention of giving entrants free rein to interpret it as widely as they like.

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes recently reached new heights with a newly increased first prize and a full set of awards worth more than £14000. 

This year, the poet who writes the best single poem on the theme of ‘Mirror’ receives £5000. There will be a second prize of £3000, and a third prize of £1500. Along with these, there will be ten runners up, who will each receive £500

Deadline: 23 February 2024


Writing Competitions Australia 2024 March


  • The 2024 New Poets Prize

The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition, also organised by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 38 years.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Winners and runners-up will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business, a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and promoting outstanding new writers.

Two winners will receive editorial support and help in extending their entry to 20 or 24 pages for pamphlet publication by Smith | Doorstop and their work will in appear in a feature in The North magazine.

Two runners-up will receive mentoring, including a place on a residential writing course, and their poems will appear in a feature in East of The North, the Poetry Business’s online poetry publication.

The winners and runners-up will also receive a subscription to The North magazine and will be invited to give a reading organised by The Poetry Business.

Deadline: March 6, 2024


  • Black Women’s Non-Fiction Manuscript Prize 2024
Cassava Republic's Black Women’s Non-Fiction Manuscript Prize 2024 is currently open for submission. The contest is open to emerging and established Black women (cis, trans and genderqueer) writers globally, and the prize will run till March 31.

The winner of the manuscript prize will secure a publishing contract with Cassava Republic Press and receive a $20,000 advance. The two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 advance and a publishing deal as well.

This prize seeks to reimagine which forms of knowledge are considered “authoritative” by championing writing that collapses the boundary between “creativity” and “scholarship”. Through the prize, Cassava seeks to amplify and unearth the critical ideas that might otherwise remain unpublished or confined to academic circles or niche audiences.

Deadline: March 31

  • Indignor House Writing Competition 2024

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Entries accepted ~ September 2023 – March 2024
The 2023-2024 theme is “Fear.”

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Click the  text above to view a PDF about the annual short story competition, including all information regarding rules, regulations, and cash prize awards.

The Indignor House Writing Competition is the perfect place for new authors to practice their craft. Each piece is thoroughly edited and tweaked for perfection. Our feedback covers telling vs showing, the use of active verbs, and other issues that most new authors experience

Deadline: March 2024


Writing Competitions Australia 2024 April 

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest 2024

Now in its 23rd year, Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is one of the most prestigious poetry competitions that are usually open annually. It's a poetry contest seeks today's best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work.

Cash Prizes: The selected winners Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest win $3,750 in total prize.

First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
Top 12 entries published online

Timeline 

Please submit one humor poem during
August 15, 2023-April 1, 2024
The results of our 23rd contest will be announced on August 15, 2024.




Writing Competitions Australia 2023



The contests are organized based on the days and months of deadlines.

January Writing Competitions Australia 2023


  • European Writing Prize 2023

The European Society of Literature hosts many writing competitions each year, but the European Writing Prize is the most prestigious of them all. The annual competition will help showcase a variety of writers from different backgrounds, and this year marks the first.

 The theme is usually quite vague so as to give authors room to add as much of their own individuality and creativity to their pieces as possible.

Submissions will open on 1 October 2022, and will close on 1 January 2023. The longlist will be published 2 weeks later, on 15 January 2023

Theme For The European Writing Prize 2022

The theme for this European Writing Prize is ‘Anxiety’. Writers should incorporate the notion of anxiety into their work however they see fit.

 What matters most is whether you submit a fine piece of writing — it isn’t so much about how close to the prize theme you make your work.

Who can submit?

Anyone! Despite ‘European’ being in the title, you can submit a piece of writing regardless of where you are in the world. We only ask that your submission be written in English, as our judges mostly speak that as their first language. 

What’s the prize if I win?
  • The prize for the winner will be as follows:
  • 50 euros paid via PayPal or bank transfer
  • Automatic lifetime membership into The European Society of Literature
  • Publication in the following quarterly literary journal of TESL
  • Potential talks with literary agents — they may scout the shortlist and winners.
  • The prestige associated with being victorious! An unmatched opportunity to get your foot in the burgeoning literary industry of Europe and the Americas.
There is no entry fee



  • International Student Essay Competition 2023

The international student essay competition for 2023 has been announced open to students all over the world. To submit your essay for the contest, read further on the prescribed guidelines and form of submission.

The competition is open to students who are between the age of 7-18 years

Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled: “How can young people be better supported to thrive in green jobs?

Prizes For The International Student Essay Competition 2023

One overall Grand Prize trophy winner will receive a free international trip to a TSL Summit, including £500 spending money. 

The Top 10 essay medallists will receive eco-friendly e-medals with redeemable gift tokens.

 All participating Teacher Champions, Essay Finalists & Honourable Mentions, and International Debate participants, will receive personalised e-certificates.

Deadline: 11 January 2023


  • Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award 2023


We are now accepting submissions for the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills.


About Stacy Doris

Stacy Doris was a poet, translator, and an Associate Professor in San Francisco State University's Department of Creative Writing, where she taught for ten years. Her poetry is widely recognized; Fledge: A Phenomenology of Spirit, published shortly after her death, is available from Nightboat Books. Poet Maxine Chernoff has referred to it as “a miracle of attentiveness.” 

She was also highly regarded for her writing in French and her contribution to interactions among contemporary French and American poetry and poets.

Doris created new worlds with her unexpected poetics. Following upon her spirit of creative invention, engaging wit and ingenious playfulness, discovery in construction, and radical appropriations based on classical forms, pastiche, etc., and love, the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award is given to a poet with a truly inventive spirit.

Deadline: January 15, 2023


  • Nine Dots Prize 2023

The Nine Dots Prize has now revealed the question it will pose as part of a global problem-solving competition, offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press for the winning response. 

The question for the 2023/2024 cycle is: ‘Why has the rule of law become so fragile?’

First launched in 2016 and now in its fourth cycle, the Nine Dots Prize encourages innovative thinking and engaging new writing that confronts some of the most significant issues of our time. The Prize is judged entirely anonymously and seeks submissions from both established names and emerging talent, including those who may not have been published before.

Entrants must respond to the set question in 3,000 words and provide an outline showing how they would expand their response into a short book of between 25,000-40,000 words, backed up with relevant research and evidence. 

The winner will receive editorial support from Cambridge University Press as well as the opportunity to spend a term at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), at Cambridge University, to help develop their ideas and focus on their writing.

Deadline: Monday 23rd January 2023

  • Welkin Writing Prize 2023
From the organizer:

I’m running this competition as a thank you to the writing community which has done so much to support both my writing and my freelance work over the past few years. In September 2022, I was lucky enough to receive a DYCP grant from Arts Council England to fund paid research and writing time, and this competition feels like a small thing that I can do to pay forwards my good fortune. As such, the competition is free to enter and I hope it will be a welcoming space for all writers. The competition is open to all forms of narrative prose, be that flash fiction, short-short, vignette, haibun, hermit crab, prose poem or work that sits outside such labels. There is a whole universe (or welkin) of possibilities.


Prizes For Welkin Writing Prize 2023

The competition will award prizes for:

  1. 1st place (£150 + annual membership of Writers' HQ worth £190)
  2. 2nd place (£75 + AdHoc Fiction book voucher worth £25)
  3. 3rd place (£50 + a copy of "Deflection" by Roberta Beary)
There are additional prizes of £25 for the best non-placed:

writer with a disability or chronic health conditionL, GBTQ+ writer, working class writer, writer whose first (or home) language isn't English carer for an adult dependent, new writer (for a writer with five or fewer publishing credits).

Deadline: 28th February 2023 at 11:59pm GMT.



  • Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest 2023

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

No entry fee is required. One story entry only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

The contest is open to entrants from anywhere in the world (English language only please)

A prize of $150 will be awarded for the winning story.

Deadline: January 31, 2023



  • Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest 2023

Celebrate and participate in the 10th Anniversary of LTHS’ popular program with your fictional story about Little Tokyo. Winners of Adult, Youth (18 and under) and Japanese language categories will receive a special prize of $1,000. 

Story submission deadline is January 31, 2023.

The story must be original, fictional, written in either Japanese or English by the submitting author and never been published (even online).




February Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • Deep Wild 2023 Graduate Student Poetry Contest 


Grad students, send us your three best poems that are backcountry infused and inspired, and that together add up to no more than 100 lines. There are no fees to submit, and the top three winners will receive cash awards.

 The winners will receive: The 1st Place prize is $300, 2nd Place $200, and 3rd Place $100. 

The editors of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry invite students currently enrolled in graduate studies to submit work for our 2023 Graduate Student Poetry Contest. 

Timeline For Submission: Submissions will be accepted from November 1 through February 1 2023



  • Global Essay Competition 2023

Compete in our Global Essay Competition and qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world’s premier opportunity for cross-generational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

Meet 300 of society’s brightest young minds. Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders. Be inspired by some of the world’s most impressive speakers. Gain a unique and new perspective on this year’s topic. Become a member of a unique global community. Participate in the symposium with us. Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst the three winners.

Topic Question For Global Essay Competition 2023

The best or worst legacy from previous generations: How to preserve or replace it?

Deadline: 1 February 2023, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)



  • Center For African American Poetry and Poetics Book Prize 2023

Founded in 2020, the CAAPP Book Prize is a publishing partnership between the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and Autumn House Press with the goal of publishing and promoting a writer of African descent. The prize is awarded annually to a first or second book by a writer of African descent and is open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experiences.

The book can be of any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry, including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation. The winning manuscript will be published by Autumn House Press and its author will be awarded $3,000. 

Deadline: February 15, 2023


  • The Diana Woods Memorial Award 2023

The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. Diana Woods Memorial Award serves as a special opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Launched in the spring of 2012, Lunch Ticket is produced by the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, an innovative creative writing graduate program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice.

Twice each year an author of a work of creative nonfiction will be selected for the Diana Woods Memorial Award award by a special guest judge. One author will be chosen for the Summer/Fall issue of Lunch Ticket and one in the Winter/Spring issue. The winning submissions will be published in Lunch Ticket and the recipient will receive $250.



March Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • Annual BSFS Poetry Contest 2023
The contest deadline is March 1.

Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science.

1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd prize: $50.


Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 60 lines each. 

No entry fee.

  • Please no previously published submissions.
  • Winners will receive a cash prize, convention membership and be invited to read their winning entries at Balticon. Attendance at Balticon is not required to win.
  • Winning poems will be published one time in the BSFAN, the Balticon convention souvenir book. In addition, a pdf version of the winning poems as they appear in the BSFAN will be available on the Balticon Poetry Contest website. Writers retain all rights to their work. By submitting to the contest, entrants agree to these terms



  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships 2023

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript.

 Through this program, the NEA seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2024, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2025 and guidelines will be available in January 2024. You may apply only once each year.

Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. We typically receive more than 1,600 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 3% of applicants.


July Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • Stephen Spender Prize 2023
The Stephen Spender Prize is the leading annual prize for poetry in translation, with categories for pupils, teachers and individual young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as an Open category for adults from all over the world. The rules are simple: translate into English any poem from any language – from French to Farsi, from Spanish to Somali—and win publication and cash prizes!

Deadline: July 14


  • 2023 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest

Helen Schaible was a poet, mother, teacher, classicist. The Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest was established in her memory in 1998 by the Poets Club of Chicago and funded by a gift from Helen's daughters Jane Edwards, Lucy Parker, and Katherine Martin, and her son, the late David Schaible. 

First Prize: $50. Second Prize: $30. Third Prize: $20. 

Three Honorable Mentions and three Special Merits will be named per category, ranked.

Contest Rules & Submission Period

Submission Period: June 1 – July 15, 2023. Free and open to all!

  • Winchester Poetry Prize 2023

First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250.

A prize is also available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.

Closing Date: 31 July 2023 (11:59pm)


  • The 1729 Book Prize in Poetry 2023

In collaboration with The Ivy Bookshop, the 1729 Prize is an annual contest provided by Mason Jar Press. Free to enter, with a $1,000 award and guaranteed publication, the Prize seeks the finest unpublished manuscripts of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

The 1729 Prize alternates yearly between Poetry and Prose. Our inaugural Prize in Poetry is currently being judged by Diane Zinna and our forthcoming Poetry Prize will be judged by Chen Chen. More details within

Deadline: July 31


  • SURGING TIDE: THE ANNUAL SUMMER WRITING CONTEST

Surging Tide is pleased to launch our Second Annual Writing Contest 2023 this summer. 
​Please find below a more detailed prompt as well as guidelines on how to submit.

Surging Tide editors will shortlist 3-5 writers in each category (poetry and prose). 

We will forward this list onto the judges, who will select a winner and a runner-up. All shortlisted writers and artists will be guaranteed publication in Surging Tide Issue 10, though all pieces submitted will be considered. 

In addition, the winner and runner-up will receive written commentary from their respective contest judges. 

Entrants can submit ONE piece per category per submission or up to FIVE pieces with a donation to Surging Tide. Multi-genre submissions allowed (i.e. you can submit one poem and one flash fiction, but not six poems.) 

In addition to publication, the winner of each category will be awarded $100 and each runner-up will also be awarded $25.

Deadline: July 31


  • 2023 Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest
1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2023 semester.

Topic for Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest 2023

“2023 is the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Does Abraham Lincoln deserve the title of ‘The Great Emancipator’? Why or why not?”

Deadline: July 31



  • 3rd Singapore Unbound Awards for the Best Undergraduate Critical Essays on Singapore and Other Literatures 2023
3 Awards of USD250 each
Submission deadline: July 31, 2023

For the third year running, Singapore Unbound, a NYC-based literary non-profit, will be giving out three awards of USD250.00 each for the best three undergraduate critical essays on topics in Singapore and other literatures. The purpose of these awards is to encourage the teaching and study of Singapore literature at college level and the cultivation of general appreciation for the character and achievements of Singapore literature.




August Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • The Granum Foundation Prize 2023

The Granum Foundation Prize will be awarded annually to help U.S.-based writers complete substantive literary works—such as poetry books, essay or short story collections, novels, and memoirs—or to help launch these works. 

Additionally, the Granum Foundation Translation Prize will be awarded to support the completion of a work translated into English by a U.S.-based writer.

Funding from both prizes can be used to provide a writer with the tools, time, and freedom to help ensure their success. For example, resources may be used to cover basic needs, equipment purchases, mentorship, or editing services.

Prize: One winner will receive $1,500 or more

Deadline: August 1

  • The Yale Drama Series 2023
The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2024 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Jeremy O. Harris. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event. 

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

Deadline: August 15


  • The Masters Review’s Short Story Award for New Writers 2023

It’s time for the Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! The Masters Review’s Short Story Award for New Writers is a biannual contest that recognizes the best short prose from today’s emerging writers. 

We welcome submissions of previously unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words. 

Prize: The first-place winner of this contest, selected by our guest judge, will receive a $3,000 grand prize, along with online publication. Second- and third-place winners will receive $300 and $200 respectively, along with online publication. 

Deadline: August 27

  • The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction 2024 is open to writers for submissions. £2,000 prize for writers worldwide and stories on any topic up to 250 words.

Deadline: Open for entries, 1 June to 31 August 2023

First Prize £2,000
Second Prize £300
Third Prize £150 

  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2023
Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The £5,000 international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction entries on any theme, celebrating innovation in content and form.

Deadline: August 31


  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2023
Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The £5,000 international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction entries on any theme, celebrating innovation in content and form.

Deadline: August 31


  • The Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award 2023
The Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award 2023 is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts.

Deadline: The Kindle Storyteller Award 2023 is open for entries between 1st May and 31st August 2023.


September Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • Academy For Teachers: Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest 2023
We hold periodic contests that help us highlight the rich, challenging, and underappreciated world of the teachers. Judged by accomplished experts, these contests are open to everyone. Enter for a chance to win a cash prize!

“STORIES OUT OF SCHOOL” FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Teachers have the most fascinating, difficult, and important job on the planet, and their workdays are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire great stories about teachers and the rich and crazy world of schools.

Deadline: September 1


  • Source Writing Prize 2023
We are always looking for new writers to contribute to Source. If you've not written for Source before we invite you to send us an article. If we like it we will either publish it or commission you to write articles for us in the future.

 As an incentive we will give £500 to the person whose article we like the best.

Deadline: September 20

  • Mslexia Women's Fiction Competition 2023
This competition is for unpublished complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words. 

Prizes
The winner will receive £3,000.

Three additional finalists will each receive £100.

The winning entry and three finalists will be published in the December 2023 edition of Mslexia.

The winning entry, three finalists and eight additional shortlisted stories will also appear in Mslexia’s ebook anthology, Best Women’s Short Fiction 2023, published in December 2022.

Deadline
The deadline for all entries is 23.59GMT, 18 September 2023.


  • The César Egido Serrano Foundation 2023
The César Egido Serrano Foundation periodically calls for an International Short Story Contest that is part of the activities that the Foundation carries out to achieve its objective, which is none other than that the word is the tool against all violence and harmony between different cultures, religions and ideologies.

This contest is the best endowed by word in the world with a first prize of $20,000 and three second prizes of $2,000 each. In the last edition, 43,185 authors from 172 countries participated in the contest. On this occasion and as the main novelty, it will be the participants themselves who will have the opportunity and responsibility to choose the winners, through a computerized, random and anonymous voting system.

Deadline: September 30


October Writing Competitions Australia 2023
  • Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize 2023

The 33rd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize 2023 is open for submission. Read below to know about the submission guidelines, cash prizes and deadlines for submissions.

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction | $5,000 Poetry

Winners receive publication, promotion, and a cash prize.

Deadline: October 1

  • The Peter Poetry Prize 2023
The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected poetry awards. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years. All poets writing in English are eligible to enter.

First prize: AU$6,000
Four other shortlisted poets: AU$1,000


Deadline: October 9


  • The National Poetry Competition 2023
The National Poetry Competition is now open for entries until 31 October 2023

Judges: Jane Draycott, Will Harris, Clare Pollard

Run by The Poetry Society since 1978, The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over



November Writing Competitions Australia 2023

  • Frontier Poetry's Award For New Poets 2023

Submissions are open to new and emerging writers (for this contest, we define this as poets with no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).

As part of our dedication to the pursuit of a more inclusive publishing world, there is a free submission window for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) poets at the beginning of the contest until our cap of fifty.

This is one of the poetry competitions organized by Frontier Poetry. According to the organizers:

"This fall, we’re delighted to bring back our Award for New Poets! We’re looking to uplift an up-and-coming poet, with no more than one full-length collection forthcoming or published at the time of submission. We award $3,000 for the winning poem, selected by our guest judge. Our second- and third-place winners receive $300 and $200, respectively. All three winners will be published.




  • The Benjamin Franklin Essay Competition 2023
The Benjamin Franklin Essay Competition 2023 is currently open to entrants in UK. Each year a question or quote exploring Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. 

 The competition is open exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be published online at www.BenjaminFranklinHouse.org and https://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Deadline: Wednesday 15th November at 23:59


  • 2024 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize

The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize is given to honor exceptional poems that help readers recognize the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment.

Established in 2019 with generous support from Treehouse Investments, the prize will honor three poets. First place will receive $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. In addition, all three poems will be published in the popular Poem-a-Day series, which is distributed to 500,000+ readers. Poems may also be featured in the award-winning education series Teach This Poem, which serves 40,000+ educators each week. 

Deadline: Submissions for the 2024 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize are accepted from September 15, 2023 through November 15, 2023. 

The judges are poet Elizabeth Bradfield and climate scientist Kate Marvel, PhD


  • Happiful Poetry Prize 2024 

Submit your poems that explore mental health and wellbeing for the Happiful Poetry Prize 2024
We’re looking for poems that explore the topic of mental health and wellbeing in relatable, original, and empowering ways. The competition is free to enter, and welcomes new and seasoned writers alike. No prior experience is necessary, the only thing we require is a passion for writing!

The winner will receive £100, and four shortlisted poets will receive a £25 National Book Token. All five poems will be published in issue 84 of Happiful.

Deadline: November 20, 2023



  • The Poetry.com Contest 2023
Enter our monthly poetry contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and gain worldwide recognition for your talent!

Poetry.com prides itself in supporting and encouraging all writers, regardless of background, education or experience. All poets, whether just starting out or with many years of practice, are encouraged to use our monthly contests as an opportunity to gain motivation, inspiration, exposure and most importantly, build passion and enjoyment for the written word!

What about the awards?

When it comes to the awards, we offer exciting prizes for our contest winners. The top three winners will receive cash prizes, with the first-place winner receiving $500, the second-place winner receiving $300, and the third-place winner receiving $200. 

Furthermore, five runners-up will receive a personalized mug featuring their winning poem. And that's not all - at the end of the year, the twelve monthly winners will compete for the Poem of the Year grand prize of $1,000.


  • One Teen Story Contest 2023
One Teen Story publishes 3 stories a year and accepts submissions from teen writers ages 13-19. For a list of writers we have published in the past and short samples of their stories, please visit our past issues page.

For our One Teen Story contest, we ask writers ages 13-19 to enter their original, unpublished fiction. We are interested in great short stories of any genre about the teen experience—literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, horror, etc. What’s in a great short story? Interesting teen characters, strong writing, and a beginning, middle, and end.

The winning stories will be published in forthcoming issues of One Teen Story, which will reach over ten thousand readers. The contest winners will receive $500 upon publication and 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work. 

The contest winners will also have the opportunity to work with a One Teen Story editor prior to publication. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 13-15, 16-17, and 18-19, and each will be announced on our website, by email announcement, and on social media.

Deadline: November 27th, 2023


  • 2024 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition
To enter the 2024 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, ensure read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry. You can find the complete rules and guidelines at us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions.

To enter, you must complete this form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript.

Only electronic submissions, uploaded through this entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.

Before uploading, please ensure that your Manuscript is formatted as follows:

1) The Manuscript must be either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF
2) Text must be double spaced
3) Pages must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end
4) The Manuscript must be saved as “Manuscript Title_Entrant Name”

Because of the great volume of submissions we receive and the fact that judges are volunteers with full-time responsibilities elsewhere, it is important that you submit your Manuscript as early as possible. Submissions will get a more careful reading if the judge does not have to contend with a flood of last-minute entries.

Deadline: To be considered for the 2024 competition, all submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2023.


  • The Betty Trask Prize 2023
The Betty Trask Prize is currently open for submission to entrants from UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries. It is open to first novels by authors under 35.

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic style.

Each year a single prize winner receives £10,000 and the remaining fund is split between the shortlist.  

Deadline: The 2024 Betty Trask Prize will close for submissions on 30 November 2023.

The winner of the Betty Trask Prize will receive £10,000 and a fund of £16,200 will be divided equally between shortlisted authors.


  • Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2023


The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition was first held in 2010. It is a poetry prize for a single poem, open to writers from around the world from September to November annually. Sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, the prize is named in honour of the late Irish poet long associated with the Centre.

Open for entries 1 September – 30 November

Line limit: 40
Closing date: 30th November (midnight)
Entry fee: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.

 Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere

Prizes For Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2023

1ST PRIZE
€2,000
Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (with four-night hotel stay and full board)
Featured on the Southword Poetry Podcast
Publication in Southword

2ND PRIZE
€500
Publication in Southword

3RD PRIZE
€250
Publication in Southword

TEN RUNNERS-UP
€50
Publication in Southword


  • Cafe Writers Poetry Competition 2023


CAFE WRITERS POETRY COMPETITION 2023 IS NOW OPEN

Closing Date 30th November 2023 (Midnight GMT)

PRIZES
1st £1000
2nd £300
3rd £200
Five Commended Prizes of £50
Norfolk Prize £100
For the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize.

ENTRY FEE

£4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems & £2 per poem thereafter.

Concessions: We are offering the free entry of one poem to any UK resident with a household income of less than £16,000 for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive. Your status to claim this will be taken on trust

Deadline: 30th November 2023 (Midnight GMT).



  • Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest 2023


We are now accepting submissions through November 30, 2023.

The first-place prize has doubled to $2,000 USD.

Word Limit: 100 words or less per entry. Word limit includes the title and introduction, though these are not required.

Entry Limit: You may submit as many entries as you'd like.

Writers: All ages. All genders. All nationalities. All writers welcome.


Genre / Theme: Any genre.


Prizes: 1st place: $2,000 USD.

              2nd place: Writing coaching package valued at $450 USD.

              3rd place: Developmental and diversity editing package

valued at $250 USD.


Entry Fee: $15 USD.

Deadline: November 30, 2023.



 
  • 2023 Information Warfare Essay Contest


The Nation’s adversaries and competitors are proving to be formidable in the digital battlespace—using online platforms, social media, malicious code, disinformation, and cyberattacks to undermine elections, steal intellectual property, spy on governments, sow discord, and weaken alliances. 

Essayists can choose to answer any of the following questions or write on another information warfare topic that interests them:

  1. How might the opening salvoes of the next war begin in the information space,and what should be done now to defend against those attacks? How might our adversaries be planning to win without fighting by using information warfare?
  2. What specific information warfare technologies (offensive and defensive) should the U.S. military be investing in now?
  3. How can the military recruit, educate, train, and retain the information warriors it needs to prevail in the information environment?
  4. Are there any recent case studies (that went well or poorly) that can provide lessons to guide strategy, operations, tactics, or acquisition over the next three to five years?
  5. What role will electronic warfare and emissions control play in the future of naval warfare?
Prize
First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

Deadline: 30 November, 2023



  • J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction 2023


The 2023 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction is currently open for submission. All writers can submit their best short fiction works in contest for cash prizes.

“One foot in this world and one in the next”: that’s how J.F. Powers described the Midwestern priests he wrote about in his fiction. Having one foot in another world can be awkward, and Powers’ characters are known not for their graceful mysticism, but for the humiliating and mordantly entertaining stumbles they make while trying to live their faith. We’re looking for carefully crafted short stories with vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings—we want to see who, in the age we live in, might have one foot in this world and one in the next.


Cash Prizes 
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
Up to 8 honorable mentions: publication in the journal and a one-year subscription




December Writing Competitions Australia 2023



  • The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is currently open for submission till December 2023. The Sillerman Prize is awarded annually, with submissions open between September 15th and December 1st

The African Poetry Book Series is made possible through the generosity of philanthropists Laura and Robert F. X. Sillerman, whose generous contributions have facilitated the establishment of the APBF. In recognition of their invaluable support of our work, Mr. and Mrs. Sillerman have welcomed the use of their name for the First Book Prize for African Poets.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. The winner receives USD $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion in Senegal

Deadline: December 1


Love Letters to London returns for its third year with thousands of pounds in cash prizes . Dust off the keyboard or get tapping on your mobile, because there is more than £4,000 of prizes in the London Society’s free to enter writing competition “Love Letters to London”.

Now in its third year, this competition is open to everyone to celebrate our wonderful, fantastic, infuriating city in prose or poetry. 

Open to all ages, and to all writing styles - fiction, poetry, essays and reportage - whether you live in the capital or not. There are special categories for under 18s, as well as prizes for schools.

The theme this year is: Love Letters to London of the Future.

What does your London of the future look like – what are your passions, hopes, dreams and aspirations for this most wonderful of cities?

Deadline: The closing date for entries is midday (UK time) December 1st 2023, and prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony next Spring.



  • Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2023

This competition is open to unpublished poems of any length, on any subject. Your £10 entry fee allows you to submit up to three poems.

Prizes
1st: £2,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

Unpublished Poetry Prize for the best poem by a previously unpublished poet: £250.

The four winners, plus sixteen additional finalists will have their poems published in the March 2024 issue of Mslexia.

Deadline:
The deadline for all entries is 23.59GMT, 4 December 2023

  • Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2023
Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2023 is currently open for submission and is to be judged by mona arshi & tom sleigh. The poetry competition offers the following cash prizes to the winners:

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize £500
  • plus 20 commendeds
  • plus – winners & commendeds will be invited to read with judges (live & online) at the Bedford Park Festival ‘Yeats Birthday’ poetry event in June 2024.
The poems can be on any theme

Deadline: submit via email by sun 10 dec 2023

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024
Another edition of the annual short story competition, Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024, is currently open for submission. This is the 5th year of the Afritondo Short Story Prize and a special landmark for Afritondo. 

This year, the organizers want writers to respond to the theme of “fate”. You are welcome to give the theme your own personal interpretation.

As always we are looking for stories that surprise us, that take risks with imagination and language. A good story for our theme will offer unique insight into the theme and explore characters in refreshing and imaginative ways.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Four other shortlisted writers will get $100 each. The longlist will be published in an anthology in August 2024.

Deadline: December 15, 2023.


  • The Masters Review Chapbook Competition 2024

The Masters Review Chapbook Competition 2024
For the fourth year, The Masters Review is open for submissions of literary prose chapbooks! We’re interested in collections of flash fiction, creative nonfiction essays, short stories, and anything in-between. We encourage you to be bold, to experiment with style and form, as long as you stay under 45 pages. One chapbook will be selected as our winner by our guest judge, Michael Martone! 

The winner receives a $3,000 cash prize, along with manuscript publication and 75 contributor copies. Our chapbooks are distributed internationally and are available through Bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. A digital version of the chapbook will be made available to our newsletter subscribers six months to a year after the print publication.

Timeline 

Submissions will be accepted between September 1 and December 17, 2023



  • The 2023 Society of Classical Poets International Poetry Competition
The 2023 Society of Classical Poets International Poetry Competition is currently open for submission.


First Prize:
$2,000. Publication on the Society’s website and Journal.

Deadline:
December 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners announced February 1, 2024 on our e-Newsletter and on the Society’s homepage. (Annual submission dates Sept. 1 – Dec. 31.)


  • Kinsman Quarterly’s Iridescence Award 2023


The Iridescence Award is currently open for submission. Submissions are open for short stories and poetry by BIPOC authors for Kinsman Quarterly’s Iridescence Award. Themes should include the supernatural, extraterrestrial, or the paranormal. Prizes include publication in the Iridescence anthology with cash awards up to $500 USD. No fee required. 

Deadline is December 31st. 


Those eligible must submit an original, unpublished work in English. Genres include, but are not limited to, fantasy, folk mythology, science fiction, and the paranormal. Winning submissions will also be featured in the Kinsman Quarterly, its social media sites, and printed promotions. Copyrights of the individual submissions remain with the authors and artists. However, copyrights for the anthology as a collection are reserved to Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc



  • 2024 Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award 

The Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award celebrates an author whose work embodies the lyrically powerful and historically engaged nature of Dr. Alexander’s writing. We aim for this award to highlight different forms of knowledge production that emerge from the artistic, political, and cultural advocacy undertaken by women of color nationally, transnationally, and globally.

The award is open to all genres, including: poetry, fiction, play scripts, and non-fiction. All submissions will be judged blind, please do not include any identifying information or contact information in your manuscript. A separate title page may be included with your submission, but is not required. 


  • The Lyric College Poetry Contest 2023
The Lyric College Poetry Contest is open to undergraduates enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university

First Prize ~ $500
Second Prize ~ $200
Third Prize ~ $100
Honorable Mention ~ Year’s subscription and bragging rights


  • The Writivism Literary Prizes 2023
The Writivism Literary Prizes announce the opening of the submission window and a seven-member panel of judges for 2023. 

The prize includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction genres.

The deadline for receiving entries is November 30, 2023, at 11:59PM, East African Time.

The winner of the prize will be awarded $1000 USD and each shortlisted writer will receive $50 USD and a copy of the resulting anthology comprising all the shortlisted work.

  • The Tony Quagliano Poetry Award 2023
This award is established in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. This award honors Tony Quagliano’s legacy as an experimental poet and editor. It recognizes an accomplished poet with an outstanding body of innovative, cutting-edge work pushing the boundaries of poetic craft, such as experimental approaches to form and/or language. This award also recognizes a poet who contributes meaningfully to a literary community. Preference is given to poets with connection to Hawai‘i and/or the Pacific.

The biennial Tony Quagliano Poetry Award is for $1000.

Deadline: December 1, 2023



  • Harbor Editions' Laureate Prize 2024

The entry period runs from October 1st to January 31st, 2024.

Full length books should be between 50-80 pages. Manuscripts should include a title page, table of contents, and a list of acknowledgments for previously published poems. Books centered around a unifying theme will be given preference.

Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines or chapbooks but not full length books. The collection as a whole must be unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration. We do not accept translations

Harbor Editions will publish 1 book from the contest. Finalists may be considered or publication. The winner will receive $500 and 20 copies of their book. All entrants will be notified about the status of their submission after the submission period.


  • Lilith Magazine Annual Fiction Contest 2023

Deadline: December 31, 2023

Gifted fiction writers! Lilith magazine—independent, Jewish & frankly feminist—seeks quality short stories with heart, soul and chutzpah, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. 

First prize: $300 and publication. We especially like fresh fiction with feminist and Jewish nuance, and are eager to read submissions from writers of color and emerging writers of any age




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