Posts Tagged ‘short story contests’

Short Story Contests: April

In Writing on April 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

April contests bring May winnings – that’s how it goes, right? Well, that’s how it should go, but the only way to find out for sure is if you enter some contests!

So you should, you know, do that.

The Gemini Short Story Contest
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013
  • Guidelines: No restrictions on length or style
  • Entry fee: $4
  • First Prize: $1,000
The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013
  • Guidelines: 10,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $30
  • First Prize: $1,500
The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
  • Deadline: April 2, 2013
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $24
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Short Grain Writing Contest

Short Story Contests: March

In Writing on February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Beware the Ides of March! After all, when they’re upon us it means there’s only 15 more days to get your stuff together and submit to these contests. If only there were 23 contests here instead of 15… you know, one for each of Caesar’s stab wounds.

That would make for some powerful symmetry right?

The Cutbank Montana Prize in Fiction
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Guidelines: 35 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $17
  • First Prize: $500
The Pinch Literary Awards
  • Deadline: March 14
  • Guidelines: 5,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Bellingham Review Literary Awards
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $18
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Colorado Review Nelligan Prize
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Guidelines: 50 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First Prize: $2,000
The Enizagam Literary Awards

Short Story Contests: February

In Writing on January 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

If your New Year’s resolution was to write more (and I’m sure, like me, you’ve stuck with your resolutions with steadfast determination) it may be just about time to send some of that new material out into the world.

Submit, I tell you, submit! Just, you know, in a good way…

The Madison Review Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Guidelines: 30 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Nelson Algren Short Story Award
  • Deadline: February 1 (you have until midnight Friday, so get on it!)
  • Guidelines: 8,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $0 (seriously)
  • First Prize: $3,500
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Guidelines: 2,000 words or fewer on the theme of “A Winter’s Tale” or “A Spring Story”
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First prize: $200
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Short Story Contests: December

In Writing on December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

A new month is upon us and, with NaNoWriMo safely behind us, we turn once again to submissions of our not-so-novel-length works (that is, short stories).

Here, then, is a list of writing contests you can enter in the month of December — happy submitting!

Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Guidelines: 7,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition
  • Deadline: December 17
  • Guidelines: 1,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $3,000
MERIDIAN Editor’s Prize in Fiction

Short Story Contests: November

In Writing on October 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Another month, another list of short story contests for you to try your hand at. Even though it’s not exactly a short story contest, no November list would be complete without a mention of NaNoWriMo (That’s National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated) — so there’s your obligatory mention.

Anyway, even if you’re doing NanoWriMo, these contests could be well worth your time if you’ve got a few shorter pieces prepared. Good luck everyone!


Amprosia – The WCDR Prose Competition
  • Deadline: November 1
  • Guidelines: 1,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20 (Canadian), $25 (International)
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Briar Cliff Review Fiction Contest

Short Story Contests: October

In Writing on October 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

October is here, and that means new short story contest deadlines are upon us (my apologies for the ones that are so upon us that they are essentially past us). Things really heat up in the fall, so you’ll doubtless notice this list is a little bit longer than in some of the past months.

Good luck everyone!

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Short Story Contests: August

In Writing on August 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

In all the chaos and confusion of my recent move, I forgot to post my monthly list of upcoming writing contests! The good news: Not too too many deadlines have already passed. The bad news: August is a pretty thin month for contests to begin with.

At any rate, here are the one’s I’ve come up with. If you know of others, feel free to let me know, and, of course, if you’ve happened to win or place in any of the previous months’ contests I’d love to hear about it!

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Short Story Contests: July

In Writing on June 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Each month I put together a list of some of the short story contests you could look forward to entering in the month ahead. Well, that time is upon us once again, so here now is the list of contests with deadlines in July. Good luck and go get ’em!

And of course, if you’ve happened to win or place in any of the previous months’ contests I’d love to hear about it!

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Short Story Contests: June

In Writing on April 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

At the beginning of April I put together a list of some of the short story contests you could look forward to entering in May. Now, on this the last day of April,  the first of the May deadlines is upon us, and the final hours are winding down to make your submissions.

However, if you’re not quite ready to submit your story, you’re in luck — because now is also the time for an updated list of contests, this times with deadlines coming up in June! So keep writing and check out your options (and the potential rewards) below!

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