Category Writing Contests

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

May 2022 eLitPak :: Flying South 2022 Annual Competition Deadline May 31

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$2,000 in prizes. Until May 31, Flying South 2022 will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. The WSW President’s award winner will win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: North Street Book Prize for Self-published Books

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Winning Writers will award a grand prize of $8,000 in its eighth annual North Street competition, and $16,750 in all. The top eight winners will enjoy additional benefits from our co-sponsors BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Gifts for everyone who enters. Submit books published in any year and on any self-publishing platform. $70 entry fee. Enter online or by mail by June 30. Learn more at our website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

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The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Winners are published in the spring issue of BLR. For each genre, first prize is $1000 and honorable mention is $250. Submit your best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction through July 1. Visit website.

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Contest :: 5th Annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize

Conduit Books & Ephemera has announced their 5th annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize is accepting entries through July 7, 2022. This prize is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection and is dedicated to championing poets who dance to their own tune not to be different, but to be true. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: 2022 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

2022 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

Literary magazine Nimrod is open to submissions for their 2022 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers. This contest is open to writers with no more than two previous publication credits in their genre. Winners in poetry and fiction will receive $500 and publication. Deadline to enter is July 15, 2022. Learn more by stopping by the NewPages Classifieds.

Contest :: 1 Month to Enter Swan Scythe Press 2022 Poetry Chapbook Contest

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That’s right! The deadline to enter Swan Scythe Press’ 2022 Poetry Chapbook Contest is only about a month away on June 15. This is a postmark deadline. The winner of the 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest was Rae Gouirand for her manuscript Little Hour. The winner of this year’s contest will receive $200, publication, and 25 perfect-bound copies. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds for full details.

Contest :: June 15 Deadline to Enter 2022 New American Fiction Prize

2022 New American Fiction Prize

New American Press has announced the 2022 New American Fiction Prize with a deadline of June 15. Weike Wang, author of Joan is Okay, will act as final judge. All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome. Winner receives publication contract including $1,500, 25 copies, and promotional support. View their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: 3 Months Left to Enter the 2023 Press 53 Award for Poetry

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July 31 at Midnight EST is the deadline to submit an outstanding, unpublished collection of poetry to Press 53 for their 2023 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Poetry editor Tom Lombardo will act as the final judge. The Winner and finalists will be announced on or before November 1. Don’t forget to finalize and submit your manuscript before time runs out. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds for more information.

Contest :: Juan Felipe Herrera to Judge 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

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Juan Felipe Herrera, former US Poet Laureate and author of numerous poetry collections, is set to act as the judge for the 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. Besides receiving a $1,000 cash prize and publication in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, the winner also receives a letterpress broadside printed by Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.