Category Writing Contests

Writing and book contests from literary magazines, independent publishers, university presses, creative writing programs, and more.

Contest :: September 30 Deadline for 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

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Don’t forget September 30 is the deadline to enter the 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest from Winning Writers. This contest awards two top prizes: $3,000 for a poem in a traditional/rhyming style and $3,000 for a poem in any style. Work can be previously published. $8,000 awarded in total. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Cleaver Magazine Extends Summer Flash Contest

Cleaver Magazine Summer Flash Contest Deadline Extension

It’s true! Cleaver Magazine has decided to extend the deadline of its Summer ’22 Flash Contest judged by Meg Pokrass to August 15. This gives you two additional weeks to prep your best in flash fiction and nonfiction of up to 500 words to enter. $500 first prize. There is an entry fee. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: The St. Lawrence Book Award for Debut Poetry and Prose

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Every year Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award to an unpublished first collection of poetry or prose. This award is open to any writer who has not published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, book publication, and ten copies of the winning book. Deadline to enter is August 31, 2022. Find out more by stopping the NewPages Classifieds.

Contest :: Kallisto Gaia Press 2022 Writing Contests Close August 20!

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That’s right. The deadline to enter Kallisto Gaia Press’ annual writing contests is August 20! Jen Knox is the judge of the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize and Zoë Fay-Stindt will judge the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. $20 entry fee includes a copy of Ocotillo Review. Winning entries will also be published in Ocotillo Review. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Driftwood Press Extends Deadline of 2022 Adrift Contests

2022 Adrift Contests deadline extended

That’s right! Driftwood Press has announced a deadline extension for its 2022 Adrift Contests. This means you now have until July 31 to submit unpublished poetry collections to the Adrift Chapbook Contest and or unpublished fiction to the Adrift Short Story Contest. Stop by their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

July 2022 eLitPak :: 2023 Off the Grid Poetry Prize

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Deadline: August 31, 2022
The Off the Grid Poetry Prize recognizes the work of older poets, highlighting important contemporary voices in American poetry. Each year a winner is awarded $1,000 and publication. Contest runs through August 31, 2022. Garrett Hongo will judge. Find full guidelines here or view flyer for more information.

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Contest :: 1 Week to Enter 2022 Adrift Contests from Driftwood Press

2022 Adrift Contests

That’s right! There’s only one week to submit unpublished poetry collections to the Adrift Chapbook Contest and short fiction to the Adrift Short Story Contest. The chapbook winner receives $1,000 and publication while the short story winner receives $500 and publication in literary magazine Driftwood Press. Enter by July 15, 2022. View their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Last Call to Enter 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

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The 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize closes to entries on July 31! This year’s judge is Juan Felipe Herrera. The winner will receive $1,000, their poem printed on a letterpress broadside, and publication in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Learn more about this year’s contest by stopping by their ad in the NewPages Classifieds.