August 20, 2014
2014 Red Hen Press Poetry Award

The Red Hen Press 2014 Poetry Award is accepting submissions of an unpublished poems. The final judge is William Trowbridge.

Poets are invited to submit up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each.

Award: $1000, publication in The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $20

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Established in 2003, the Red Hen Press Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge is William Trowbridge.

See more here:

http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/

August 18, 2014
Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize Closes Soon

Hunger Mountain’s Creative Nonfiction Prize closes soon. This year’s judge is Dinty W. Moore.  All entries will be considered for publication.

Writers are invited to submit an essay (a work of creative nonfiction) of up to 10,000 words.  See complete guidelines here.

First prize: $1,000 and publication

Second prize (2): $100

Fee: $20

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts is both a print publication and an online destination for readers, writers, artists, and art lovers. Our mission is to cultivate engagement with and conversation about the arts by publishing high-quality, innovative literary and visual art by both established and emerging artists, and by offering opportunities for interactivity and discourse.

Past contributors to Hunger Mountain include Pinckney Benedict, Ron Carlson, Hayden Carruth, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, Alice Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Michael Martone, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tomaž Šalamun, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Jean Valentine.

See more here:

http://www.hungermtn.org/hunger-mountain-creative-nonfiction-prize/

August 16, 2014
phren-Z’s 3rd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest Closes Soon

The phren-Z magazine 3nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest closes soon. This year’s contest judge is Christopher Buckley.

Poets are invited to submit up to three unpublished poems, each poem no longer than five pages.  See full guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000 and publication

Fee: $15

Deadline: September 1, 2014

The 3nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest is dedicated to the memory of Santa Cruz Poet Morton Marcus, whose life and work inspired the writing of many students, friends, and emerging poets. All poets nationally and internationally over 18 are eligible to submit their poetry.

A $1,000 Prize will be awarded to the selected winner. The winning poem will be published in phren-Z’s Fall 2014 issue and read at the Fifth Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading in November at Cabrillo College.

See more at:

http://phren-z.org/submit.html

August 14, 2014
Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award

The Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award is given annually for a short story relating to the natural world or sense of place. Winners receive a cash prize and a residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Writers are invited to submit a story of up to 5,000 words.  All entries are considered for publication.  See complete guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine,& residency up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon

Fee: $15 entry fee (include copy of Bear Deluxe Magazine)

Deadline: September 2, 2014

The Bear Deluxe Magazine is the flagship project of Orlo and is published semi-annually from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The magazine aims to enrich the cultural dialogue about the environment through creative nonfiction, interviews, reportage, essays, reviews, poetry, fiction and visual art published in the soy-based inky, recycled pages of the magazine and online.

See more here:

http://orlo.org/magazine/doug-fir/

August 12, 2014
Fourth Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest

Les Figues Press is accepting submissions for its Fourth Annual Les Figues NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Book Contest. The 2014 contest judge is Fanny Howe. Beginning in 2013, Les Figues editors select an additional manuscript to be published by the press as the NOS Les Figues Editors’ Selection.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified. Manuscripts should be between 64-250 pages.  Read complete guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press

Fee: $25 (includes a Les Figues Press of the entrant’s choosing)

Deadline: September 15, 2014

Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization and award-winning, independent publisher of poetry, prose, visual art, conceptual writing, and translation.

Based in Los Angeles, our mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists. Les Figues Press publishes five to seven books a year and favors projects which push the boundaries of genre, form, and general acceptability. We also curate and host literary events, including readings, conversations, performances, and art salons.

Les Figues Press embraces a feminist criticality and editorial vision. We are interested in work that is aware of itself as a textual body within a history and culture marked (like physical bodies) by constructs of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Les Figues Press: Beauty · Belief · Bawdry

August 10, 2014
Manchester Poetry Prize 2014 Closes Soon

The 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize close soon. The contest is open to poets over the age of 16 writing in English. The judges this year are Adam Horovitz, Adam O’Riordan, and Clare Pollard.

Writers are invited to send a portfolio of three to five unpublished poems. See all guidelines here.

First Prize: £10,000

Fee: £17.50

Deadline: August 29, 2014

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £75,000 to its winners.

See more at:

http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/poetry2014/

August 8, 2014
2014 Manchester Fiction Prize Closes Soon

The 2014 Manchester Fiction Prize closes soon. The contest is open to writers over the age of 16 writing in English.

The judges this year are Christopher Burns, Claire Dean and Nicholas Royle

Writers are invited to send an unpublished short story of up to 2,500 words (no minimum word count). See all guidelines here.

First Prize: £10,000

Fee: £17.50

Deadline: August 29, 2014

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £75,000 to its winners.

See more at:

http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/fiction2014/index.php

August 6, 2014
Good Housekeeping All About Love Writing Contest Closes Soon

Good Housekeeping invites submissions for its "All About Love" Writing Contest.  Writers in the United States and Canada (except Quebec) are invited to submit short pieces of creative nonfiction on the subject of love.

Submit 2,500 to 3,000 words for a work of creative nonfiction on the theme “All About Love.”  See complete contest rules here.

Prize: $2,000 and possible publication in Good Housekeeping

Fee: no fee

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Tell us your tale — a first crush, an old flame, a treasured friend or family member, a passion for a special place…

See more at:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/blogs-books/all-about-love-writing-contest

August 4, 2014
Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Open for Submissions

Glimmer Train is currently accepting submissions for their Short Story Award for New Writers.  Any writer writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000 is eligible to enter.

Submissions: Most entries run from 1,500 - 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

First prize: $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue

Second prize: $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies)

Third prize: $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies)

Fee: $15 per story

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Glimmer Train has been discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers since 1990.

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories.

Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.

See more at:

http://www.glimmertrain.com/newwriters.html

August 2, 2014
Red Hen Press 2014 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Closes Soon

Red Hen Press is still accepting submissions for the 2014 Benjamin Saltman Poetry AwardDouglas Kearney will judge.

Poets are invited to submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages.  See complete guidelines here.

Prize: $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press

Fee: $25

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be Douglas Kearney.

Previous BSA Winners

Frannie Lindsay, Our Vanishing; Brynn Saito, Palace of Contemplating Departure; Lillian Yvonne-Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise; Steve Kistulentz, Luckless Age; Rachel Contreni Flynn, Tongue; Erinn Batykeffer, Allegheny, Monongahela; Tony Barnstone, Golem of Los Angeles; Mariko Nakai, Histories of Bodies; Charles Harper Webb, Amplified Dog; Maggie Smith, Lamp of the Body; Susan Thomas, State of Blessed Gluttony; Jim Peterson, The Owning Stone; Gaylord Brewer, Devilfish

See more at:

http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/

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