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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Winning or placing in a contest brings writers validation, publicity that gives weight to resumes and platforms, some handy prize money, and free copies of anthologies/magazine issues containing the winning entry that can be handed out at book fairs and conventions. We can’t enter them all or we’ll go broke paying the entry fees. My suggestion: if you’re just getting started, don’t try the most prestigious contests first because your competition will include widely known authors. Look for those where you have your best chance in terms of that competition and the contest theme.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Bellevue Literary Prize – Poetry and Prose. Three prizes of $1,000 each. Works about health, healing, illness, body, and mind. Online submission system. $20 entry fee. July 1 deadline.
  • Boston Review – Poetry. $1,500 and publication for a poem or group of poems. Up to five poems on no more than ten pages. $20 entry fee. June 1 deadline.
  • Glimmer Train – Short story award for new writers. Prize of $2,500 and publication for winning story between 1,000 and 12,000 words. $18 entry fee. Submit between May 1 and June 30.
  • Lost Horse Press – Idaho Prize for Poetry. $1,000 and publication. Submit manuscript of at least 48 pages. $20 to $30 entry fee depending on whether you submit by mail or online. May 15 deadline.
  • New American Press – New American Fiction Prize. $1,000 and publication. Submit a selection of short stories, flash fiction, novella or novel of at least 100 pages. $25 entry fee. June 15 deadline.
  • Philadelphia Stories – Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. $2,000 and publication. Winner will receive free travel ans lodging to read at Rosemont College in October. Short  story up to 8,000 words. $15 entry fee. June 15 deadline.

To keep up with contests throughout the year, look at the Poets & Writers database of Writing Contests, Grants & Awards


Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of Eulalie and Washerwoman, a story about a conjure woman fighting the Klan set in the Florida Panhandle of the 1950s.


78 Writing Contests With Deadlines Before the End of 2015

poetsandwriters“Our Grants & Awards database currently lists seventy-eight writing contests with deadlines before the end of the year.”
Here’s an example:

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest — A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given for a short story or essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words by December 15. ”

Contests and awards show up in a fair number of places across the Internet, but I always check the listing at Poets & Writers first.




‘Conjure Woman’s Cat’ nominated for Pushcart Prize


Honored to be among the nominees. The Pushcart Press has been supporting small publishers via this prize and the resulting anthology of winning entries since 1976.



Billy Joel to Receive Gerswhin Prize

Billy Joel to Receive Gerswhin Prize | News Releases – Library of Congress.

“’A Storyteller of the Highest Order’” Will Receive Gershwin Prize in November

“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

“Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives take listeners into the relatable and deeply personal moments of life, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.” “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” “The Entertainer,” “Piano Man,” “Big Shot,” “New York State of Mind,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Allentown,” “Uptown Girl” and “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” are among many other classics in a rich and deep catalog of songs that have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people.”

Good news for those of us who have been listening to Joel for years.


Library, Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Launch Essay Contest – Library of Congress

Library, Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Launch Essay Contest | News Releases – Library of Congress.

“The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region encouraging rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.

“The ‘A Book That Shaped Me’ Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Top winners will be honored during a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct.18, 2014. All students who enter the contest can redeem a free contest prize pack at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will take place Aug. 30, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.”

Looks like a great opportunity!



Book Bits: Upcoming writing competitions

BookBitsHere are a few contests and awards with upcoming deadlines. While many writers believe entering material in contests with an entry fee is like playing the lottery, all but one of the following contests has a fee.

Obviously, the larger and the more prestigious a prize is, the stiffer the competition. However, working hard to make your entry fee count just might be an incentive. Plus, if the piece doesn’t win, place or show, you can always publish it on Kindle or CreateSpace.

Please check deadlines and guidelines in case I’ve made errors compiling this list and/or to see if any have changed.

  • Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, deadline January 30, 2014, fee $15/$25; prize $1,000 and possible publication; fiction up to twelve, double-spaced pages.
  • Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Contest, deadline  January 31, 2014; entry fee $15; prize $500 plus publication; short fiction up to 6,000 words.
  • Lamar York Prizes, Chattahoochee Review, deadline January 31, 2014, two prizes of $1,000, entry fee $15; story or essay of up to 5,000 words.
  • Lambda Literary Foundation Outstanding Midcareer Novelists’ Prizes. deadline March 7,2014; entry fee $0.00; two prizes of $5,000; annual prizes to annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays.
  • Gulf Coast Prizes, deadline March 15, 2014; entry fee $23 (includes magazine subscription); $1,500 plus publication; fiction, nonfiction and poetry  submitted on line or by mail.
  • Eludia Award, Hidden River Publishing, deadline March 15, 2014; entry fee $25; prize $1,000 plus publication; first novel or short story collection by a woman over 40 who has not published a book of fiction.
  • Trio House Press Poetry Awards, deadline April 30, 2014; entry fee $25; prize $1.000 plus publication; First or Second Book for emerging poets; on the website, see also the Louise Bogan Award.

Best of luck!


emilyebookMalcolm R. Campbell’s short stories include two, three-story collections: The Land Between the Rivers and Emily’s Stories.

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