Are you looking for 2015 writing opportunities? Interested in free contests and opportunities as well as fee-based? Then this list will definitely be a helpful place to start. We’ve searched the web and come up with some great opportunities for the first part of 2015. Hope you can find one that is just right for you!
These 2015 writing opportunities are divided into continuous opportunities and opportunities with a deadline. Opportunities are listed in chronological order and further divided into free and fee-based opportunities to help make the list more readily accessible. If you have an opportunity you would like added to this list, please email us so that we can add it. Thank you!

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Continuous FREE Writing Contests

Fine Linen
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Pay 5 cents per word
Contest Flash fiction and short poems. Fiction only 200-700 words.
Website: http://fl-mag.com/guidelines/

Lime Hawk Journal
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Looking for fiction (5,000 words max), nonfiction (5,000 words max), poetry (up to 5 poems)
Website: https://limehawk.submittable.com/submit

Yalobusha Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Now looking specifically for female poets
Contest: Accept 3-5 poems or 1 short story (up to 5000 words) or 3 flash fiction (less than 100 words per piece).
Website: https://yalobushareview.submittable.com/submit

Sweet: A literary confection
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accept only nonfiction. Writers may submit 3-5 or 1-3 essays (word total not to exceed 1500 words).
Website: http://www.sweetlit.com/guidelines.php

McSweeney’s
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Varies per piece per issue
Contest: Accepting on a rolling basis: fiction and nonfiction; no previously published works
Website: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/guidelines-for-quarterly-submissions

Printers Row
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Must be a legal United States citizen, 18 and over
Contest: Accepting on a rolling basis: fiction; no previously published works
Website: https://printersrow.submittable.com/submit

WIPs: Works (of Fiction) in Progress
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Seeking works of fiction that are part of a greater book project. In most cases that means a novel excerpt, or a short story headed for a collection, but WIPs is open to any piece that fits the bill. Pieces should be 1500-7500 in length.
Website: https://wipsjournal.submittable.com/submit

Pulp Literature
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $0.035/word-$0.07/word depending on piece length with shorter paying more per word
Contest: Seeking any genre fiction up to 75 pages long. No non-fiction, memoirs, or children’s stories.
Website: http://pulpliterature.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/

Beautiful Things
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Seeking flash nonfiction 250 words or less about beautiful things.
Website: https://riverteeth.submittable.com/submit/27921

New York Times Modern Love Column
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting unpublished deeply personal essays 1500-1700 words that deal with relationships, marriage, dating, and parenthood.
Website: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html?_r=4&

Empty Mirror
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Memoirs, biographical pieces, essays, poetry and interviews on literature, poetry, art/photography, the Beat Generation, rock/blues/folk/jazz, films and filmmakers, counterculture/1960s, writing and publishing advice, book collecting, and others.
Website: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/submissions

 

Apple Valley Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting poetry, short fiction (100-4000 words), and essays (100-4000 words). Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
Website: http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

Continuous Fee-Based Writing Contests

Illuminations
Entry Fee: $2.20
Prize: Publication
Contest: Now accepting no more than 6 poems at a time for 2015 edition.
Website: https://illuminations.submittable.com/submit/32972

Narrative
Entry Fee: It states that there is a nominal reading fee, but we could not find the cost exactly,
Prize: Some accepted pieces receive no payment, others vary from $50-$1000 depending on the piece. Submissions are also eligible for $4000 narrative Prize.
Contest: This site takes a wide variety of pieces on a rolling basis. Accepting short short stories, manuscripts 2000-15000 words long, novellas, serialization of book-length works, poetry, one-act plays, audio, and more. Please see the website for complete details.
Website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360

Hippocampus Magazine
Entry Fee: $3
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting memoir excerpts, personal essays, and flash creative nonfiction no more than 3500 words in length.
Website: http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/submissions/

Tishman Review
Entry Fee: $2-6
Prize: Up to $75
Contest: Seeking poetry, art, cartoons, photography, illustrations, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, book reviews, and more.
Website: https://thetishmanreview.submittable.com/submit

 

February FREE Writing Opportunities

Beyond “Crazy”
Deadline: February 9, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE by post ($3 if online)
Prize: Publication in upcoming anthology
Special Requirements: Pieces on surviving mental illness
Contest: In Fact Books accepting for new anthology. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words
Website: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/beyond-crazy

 

Beecher’s Magazine
Deadline: February 14, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers may submit 3-5 poems no longer than 10 pages total, fiction up to 4,000 words, or nonfiction up to 4.000 words.
Website: https://beechersmag.submittable.com/submit

 

Darkhouse Books
Deadline: February 14, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication in upcoming anthology
Contest: Looking for stories (2,500-7,500 words) for a science fiction anthology that takes place in the future as envisioned by the World’s Fair f 1939 known as “The World of Tomorrow.” Submit in Microsoft Word format via email. Pieces must not have been published after April 14, 2014, and writer must own rights to e-book, audio, and print versions.
Email: Website was not included, but email entries with subject line “Submission-(YOUR TITLE)” to submissions@darkhousebooks.com

 

Postmasters Podcast Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: February 14, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $100 and read winning poem on the podcast in April
Contest: Seeking unpublished fiction. One entry per person. No longer than 3500 words.
Website: http://writingpostmasters.com/writing-contest/

 

Fiction International
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Set theme of “Fluids”
Contest: Submit fiction, nonfiction, and indeterminate prose tests up to 5,500 words long on the subject of “fluids.”
Website: https://fictioninternational.submittable.com/submit

 

National Federation of State Poetry Societies 2015 College/University-Level Poetry Competition
Deadline: February 14, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Win either the Edna Meudt Memorial Award or the Flroence Kahn Memorial Award, publication as a chapbook, 75 copies of the chapbook, and more
Special Requirement: Must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in an accredited US university or college
Contest: Submit 10 poems no longer than 46 lines each with each line being only 50 characters long
Website: http://www.nfsps.com/college-university_competition.htm

 

Grapple Annual No. 2
Deadline: February 17, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Ranges from $50-150+ depending on length and type of piece
Special Requirements: Piece must relate to one day of the year and must not be a date from Annual 1.
Contest: Accepting stories, poems, comics, and more for upcoming collection.
Website: https://grapplepublishing.submittable.com/submit

 

2016 Texas Poetry Calendar
Deadline: February 20, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: No previously published poems, even on personal blogs or websites
Contest: Submit 1 – 3 poems, with each poem on a separate page. 35-line limit per poem, including title and spaces. They highly recommend that you submit at least one short poem – 10 lines or less, including title and spaces. They welcome haiku, tanka, and other short forms. They prefer poems with a Texas connection.
Website: https://dosgatospress.submittable.com/submit

 

NC Poetry on the Bus
Deadline: February 25, 2015
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: Poem will be published on the Raleigh R-Line buses during April for approximately 20,000 potential readers who ride the bus
Special Requirements: Must be a resident of North carolina
Contest: Poems must be no longer than 14 lines. May submit up to 3 poems. There are restrictions on the poems, so please see website.
Website: http://www.raleighreview.org/NC_Poetry_on_the_Bus.html

 

February FEE-BASED Writing Opportunities

Maine Review’s White Pine Writing Contest
Deadline: February 10, 2015
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $100 for winning prose, $100 for winning poetry
Contest: Accepting prose in the form of short fiction, essays, and creative nonfiction (up to 2000 words) and poetry (up to 60 lines).
Website: http://www.themainereview.com/submit.htm

 

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize
Deadline: February 14, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1500 and publication by the Ohio State University Press
Contest: Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories or essays; two or more novellas or novella-length essays; a combination of one or more novellas/novella-length essays and short stories/essays; a combination of stories and essays. Novellas or novella-length nonfiction must be part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages, 12-point font.
Website: https://english.osu.edu/creative-writing/journal/prose-prize

 

2015 Able Muse Write Prize
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $500 for best poem, $500 for best short story
Contest: Submit up to 5 poems (no more than 10 pages) or 1-2 stories (each under 1500 words).
Website: http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize

 

Orison Poetry Prize
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1500, publication in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats
Contest: Accepting poetry manuscripts 60-100 pages long.
Website: http://orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Cahaba River Literary Journal Essay Contest “April”
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $100 and $25 Olive Garden Gift Card
Special Requirements: All pieces must be about April with April in the title.
Contest: All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and include name, address, and short bio. Essays only.
Website: https://cahabariverliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/

 

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: (1st) $200; (2nd) $100; (3rd) $50
Special Requirements: Set theme of Food Stories
Contest: Accepting short fiction or memoirs on the theme Food Stories.
Website: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

 

Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $500 and publication no later than 2016 by Vine Leaves Press, 70% royalty rights
Contest: Writers may submit a 50-60 page manuscript (20,000 words total). May be a collection of poetry and prose. Guest Judge is editor Sara Sargent from Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
Website: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html

 

Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Issue
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $1000 and 15 copies
Contest: Submit an unpublished (as a whole, individual pieces may have been previously published) manuscript of stories or essays that is 50-65 pages long.
Website: http://www.ironhorsereview.com/#!single-author-competition/c1ivg

March FREE Writing Contests

Slice Magazine
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $100 for short stories; $25 for poems
Special Requirements: Theme is Desire
Contest: Accepting short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Maximum word count is 5000 words.
Website: http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/#.VLKvintmpMH

 

American Association of University Professors Centennial Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $1000
Special Requirements: Only open to students enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education in the US. Set theme: Academic Freedom: Its Concept, Its History, Its Successes, and Its Failures
Contest: Accepting essays and art on the set theme from both graduate and undergraduate students.
Website: http://www.aaupfoundation.org/centennial/centennial-contest

 

Tinge Magazine
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting short stories up to 25 pages double spaced, 1-3 poems, or personal essays/memoirs/interviews up to 25 pages double-spaced.
Website: https://tingemagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Little Patuxent Review
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: March 1, 2015
Special Requirements: Must be US citizen
Contest: Seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for issue with no set theme.
Website: https://littlepatuxentreview.submittable.com/submit

 

The Quotable
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Theme of Atmosphere
Contest: Currently seeking flash fiction (under 1,000 words) – 1 submission per reading period; short fiction (under 3,000 words) – 1 submission per reading period; creative nonfiction (under 3,000 words) – 1 submission per reading period; poetry – 1 submission of up to 3 poems per reading period.
Website: https://thequotablelit.submittable.com/submit

 

Murder Under the Oaks
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: One copy of anthology and invitation to participate in signing at convention.
Contest: Held by Bouchercon 2015; writers may submit a short story (3500-5500 words) by email.
Website: http://www.bouchercon2015.org/anthology.html

 

Rappahannock Review
Deadline: March 9, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting general fiction (up to 8000 words), nonfiction (up to 8000 words or 3 smaller pieces at no more than 1000 words each), poetry, and submissions for a special summer edition with the theme of FLIGHT.
Website: https://rappahannockreview.submittable.com/submit

 

Steam Ticket
Deadline: March 15, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Contributor copy
Contest: Submit 3-5 poems with no more than 50 lines per poem. Also accepting creative nonfiction and fiction (4000 word max). Flash fiction is encouraged.
Website: http://steamticket.org/submission-guidelines/

 

Family Travel Host USA
Deadline: March 20, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Pays in copies
Contest: Accepting stories, essays, and travel stories (500-2500 words) and up to 10 photos per submission/story.
Website: http://familytravelhostusa.com/

 

Cahaba River Literary Journal
Deadline: March 20, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Copy of journal
Contest: We need stories, poems, essays, and color and black and white photography on all subjects, in any form. Length of stories: no more than 2500 words; poetry no more than 25 lines (only submit 3 poems at one time).
Website: https://cahabariverliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/

 

Jet Fuel Review
Deadline: March 25, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publicaiton
Contest: Accepting fiction up to 3000 words. Artwork, creative nonfiction up to 3000 words, and poetry (3-5 pieces up to 100 lines long)
Website: https://jetfuelreview.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 Earth Day Poetry Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Gift bag of nature-related items, $25 donation to the charity of winner’s choice, publication in the spring issue of The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry; 2nd and 3rd place will be published as well
Contest: Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Earth Day Poetry Contest. Poems must be about nature, with a 32-line limit each and up to two poems per submission. Previously published poems are acceptable. To enter, send submissions in the body of an email along with name, address, and titles of poems submitting.
Email to: stacyrsavage@yahoo.com
Regular post: Earth Day Poetry Contest, 3121 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46016

March FEE-BASED Contests

The Hal Prize
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: Publication, cash prize for 1st prize
Contest: Open to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Fiction and nonfiction under 2000 words and poetry one page or less.
Website: https://thehalprize.submittable.com/submit

 

Oxford American
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $2
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry. See website for details.
Website: https://oxfordamerican.submittable.com/submit

 

Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2015 Poetry Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Entry Fee: Members-$7; Non-members-$15
Prize: Publication and prizes ranging from $20 to $100 depending on which part of the contest you choose to enter
Contest: There are seven different categories of poetry, and there are detailed rules as to what needs to be done for each contest on the website:
Website: https://opa.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest
Deadline: March 2, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1000 and publication
Contest: Writers may submit up to 3 unpublished poems.
Website: http://stpetersburgreview.com/?q=contest

 

Carteret Writing Contest
Deadline: March 10, 2015
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Each category has prized (1st) $100; (2nd) $50; (3rd) $25
Contest: Accepting flash fiction (750 words or less), Fiction (up to 3000 words), nonfiction (up to 3000 words), nonfiction (up to 3000 words), poetry (up to 50 lines), and kids stories (under 2000 words).
Website: http://www.carteretwritingcontest.org

 

Nelligan Prize
Deadline: March 14, 2015
Entry Fee: $17
Prize: $2000 and publication
Contest: Seeking unpublished stories under 50 pages. No set theme.
Website: https://nelliganprize.submittable.com/submit

 

Locked Horn Press
Deadline: March 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $250 and 2 contributor copies, along with print and online publication
Special Requirements: Only accepting poems on the theme below.
Contest: Up to three unpublished poems. Poems must answer/address: What is/are America(s)? What are its boundaries? Are you part of it? Where is it? Is it real? Looking for Americas of the mind, of physical space, of the body and bodies in and around it. Hoping to find poets who are re-writing borders—borders of inclusion and exclusion, safety and danger, the re-purposing/stealing of resources, of human over citizen—in order to compile an anthology that explores and grapples with the idea of America(s)
Website: http://www.lockedhornpress.org/about

 

Jabberwock Review Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize for Fiction and Poetry
Deadline: March 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500 and publication
Contest: Submit one short story or 1-3 poems.
Website: http://www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu/

 

2015 Editors’ Essay Award (Florida Review)
Deadline: March 18, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $1000 and publication
Contest: One essay or memoir pre entry.
Website: https://floridareview.submittable.com/submit/37339

 

2015 Editors’ Fiction Award (Florida Review)
Deadline: March 18, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $1000 and publication
Contest: One story per entry.
Website: https://floridareview.submittable.com/submit/37340

 

2015 Editors’ Poetry Award
Deadline: March 18, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $1000 and publication
Contest: Up to 5 poems per entry.
Website: https://floridareview.submittable.com/submit/37341

 

Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction
Deadline: March 22, 2015
Entry Fee: $23 per entry
Prize: Each category (1st) $1500 and publication; 2 honorable mentions $250
Contest: Submit up to 5 poems, one short story (up to 25 pages), or one essay (up to 25 pages).
Website: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/gulf-coast-prize/

 

Tall Grass Writers Guild
Deadline: March 27, 2015
Entry Fee: $16
Prize: $500 Cash
Special Requirements: Set theme of Embers and Flames
Contest: Accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for upcoming anthology.
Website: http://tallgrasswritersguild.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 Able Muse Book Award for Poetry
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1000 plus publication
Contest: Submit a poetry manuscript 50-120 pages long that is unpublished.
Website: http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-book-award

 

2015 Essay Collection Competition
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $28
Prize: $1000, publication, and a standard royalty contract
Contest: Accepting manuscripts 100-300 pages in length of collected essays.
Website: http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize/

 

 

2015 First Book Poetry Competition
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $28
Prize: $1000, publication, and standard royalty contract
Contest: Manuscripts are eligible for the First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of his or her poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies.
Website: http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize-1/

 

 

2015 Open Book Poetry Competition
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $28
Prize: $1000, publication, and standard royalty contract
Contest: Manuscripts are eligible for the Open Book Poetry Competition if the author has published at least one full-length collection of original poetry in English (of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies).
Website: http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize-1-1/

 

Prime Number Magazine Awards
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
Prize: In each category (1st) $1000 plus publication; (2nd) $250 plus publication; (3rd) publication
Contest: Accepting poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction for 3 separate awards.
Website: http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Awards_2015.html

 

Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $28
Prize: $1000.00 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC
Contest: Accepting book-length collections of poetry written in English, regardless of publication history.
Website: http://fourwaybooks.com/site/levis-prize

 

The Timberline Review
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: Publication and 2 copies of the journal
Contest: Accepting fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Website: http://timberlinereview.com/submissions/

 

“Spring is the Mischief” Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $12
Prize: $65, 15 free copies, and publication contract
Contest: 16-25 pages of poetry with one poem per page
Website: https://fiveoakspress.submittable.com/

 

Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: 10 writers awarded $500 each and publication
Contest: Submit previously unpublished words up to 7000 words long.
Website: http://mastersreview.com/submissions/

 

April FREE Writing Contests

Calabash
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Send all literary work (poems, short stories, one-act plays, interviews, book reviews, parts of memoirs, personal essays, critical essays, cultural news, announcements, and other new and emerging genres) with five copies to the editorial board. Bibliographies and documented articles should follow the MLA format. See website for postal address and additional information.
Website: http://www.nyu.edu/calabash/submissions.shtml

 

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $1000 (1st); 10 honorable mentions receive $100 each
Contest: Submit one poem of any length.
Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

April Fee-based Writing Contests

2015 Frost Farm Metrical Poetry Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5 per poem
Prize: $1000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry in the summer of 2015.
Contest: Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission.
Website: http://www.robertfrostfarm.org/poetry-contest.html

 

The Citron Review 2015 Poetry Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $250 and publication in The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara newsletter
Contest: Submit 3-5 poems up to 30 lines per poem.
Website: http://citronreview.com/

 

Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: April 13, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: Publication; $1000 (1st) and $500 (2nd)
Special Requirement: Must be an essay about weather.
Contest: They are looking for creative essays on “weather”.
Website: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather

 

Writer Advice 10th Flash Prose Contest
Deadline: April 21, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: (1st) $200; (2nd) $100; (3rd) $50
Contest: Submit up to 3 short fiction pieces under 750 words. Can be flash fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction.
Website: http://www.writeradvice. com

 

Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $200 plus publication
Contest: Accepting previously published prose (fiction/nonfiction) that the writer holds the rights to at this time.
Website: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

 

Bristol Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: £8 (about $13)
Prize: 1st £1000 (about $1500 USD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card (usable online worldwide); 2nd £700 (about $1050 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 3rd £400 (about $620 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 17 further prizes of £100 (about $155 USD)
Contest: Short stories up to 4000 words long may be submitted on any subject.
Website: www.bristolprize.co.uk

 

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $16
Prize: Fiction 1st prize $1500; Essays 1st prize $1500; 10 honorable mentions receive $100 each
Contest: All themes accepted, limit 6000 words. Short stories, essays, or other works of prose.
Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

 

Raleigh Review
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: It states there is a small submission fee but does not tell how much
Prize: $10 per piece plus one copy of the magazine
Contest: Accepting poetry (4-5 poems), flash fiction (1 piece up to 1200 words), and short fiction (1200-7500 words, but prefer less than 5000)
Website: http://www.raleighreview.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

2015 Willow Books Literature Awards Poetry
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1000, book contract, and sponsored reading for both grand prize in prose and poetry
Contest: Accepting prose and poetry submissions.
Website: https://aquariuspress.submittable.com/submit

 

Backbone Press
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: Publication and author copies
Contest: Submit manuscripts of 24-30 pages of poetry.
Website: http://backbonepress.org/submissions/

 

May FREE Writing Contests

Heron Tree
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Seeking unpublished poems. Writers may submit 2-5 poems via email. Details on webpage.
Website: http://herontree.com/how/

Fairy Tale Review
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fairy tale pieces. For prose, you may submit up to 8,000 words of a single piece or three, linked flash pieces each under 1,000 words in a single document. For poetry, you may submit up to 5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages. There is not specific theme. Accepting fiction, nonfiction, and drama.
Website: https://fairytalereview.submittable.com/submit

 

Alaska Quarterly Review
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Submit via mail. Accepting fiction: short stories and novel excerpts in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages); poetry: poems in traditional and experimental styles but no light verse (up to 20 pages); drama: short plays in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages); and prose: literary nonfiction in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages).
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/aqr/guidelines.cfm

 

River Teeth Journal Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication, 2 complimentary editions of the magazine, one year subscription
Contest: Seeking creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays, and memoirs, as well as critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.
Website: https://riverteeth.submittable.com/submit

 

One Story
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $500 and 25 contributor copies
Contest: Short stories 3000-8000 words long on any subject in any style.
Website: http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit

May FEE-BASED Writing Contests

The Florida Review
Deadline: May, 2015 (subscribers may submit year-round)
Entry Fee: $3.00
Prize: Publication
Contest: Seeking fiction and nonfiction (3-25 pages), poetry, graphic narratives, book reviews, and visual arts. See website for details.
Website: https://floridareview.submittable.com/Submit

 

Emerald Coast Review Volume XVIII
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $10 ($5 students)
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and graphic design. Theme is the writer as artist, but pieces are not limited to that theme.
Website: https://emeraldcoastreviewecr.submittable.com/submit

 

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