We hope you enjoy our new list of fee-based and free writing contests for everyone. This list is in no way exhaustive. Hopefully, it will provide a nice range of fee-based and free writing contests and opportunities for all you hungry writers out there. Entries are separated by deadline month and by free vs. fee-based. Continuous opportunities are also noted for those with pieces ready-to-go. This list may change from time to time if we find some really good opportunities. If you have a free writing contest or writing opportunity you would like added to the list, please feel free to email us at the link on the bottom of the page.

Best wishes and God bless,

The Durhams

Fee-based and FREE writing contests
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We are not affiliated with the sites listed here (other than editingandebooks.com). This list is not meant to be a complete and total list, and we do not have personal experience working with the sites here. Please take the time to look into each site, their rules and regulations, and their mission statement.

 

 

Continuous ( most are 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/

 

Blue Heron Book Works
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Now accepting manuscript length memoirs, book series, and seriously good fiction.
Website: http://www.blueheronbookworks.com/home.html

 

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

 

The Intentional Quarterly
Entry Fee: FREE or the optional $5 “tip” submission
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Themes include The Hustle, Vows and Commitments, Displacement, and Gray Area
Contest: Accepting on a rolling basis: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, journalism and interview pitches, letters to the editor, and visual art.
Website: https://theintentional.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

 

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

 

October Contests Removed Since Deadlines Have Expired

 

 November (FREE writing contests)

Little Patuxent Review
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Only U.S. writers accepted
Contest: Writers may submit 1 (one) fiction piece up to 5000 words, one nonfiction up to 3500 words, and up to 3 poems of up to 100 lines. May take 3-5 months for a decision.
Website: http://littlepatuxentreview.org/submissions

 

Palaver Fall 2014 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Award
Contest: Looking for scary stories under 999 words.
Website: https://palaverjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Museum of Americana
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Now accepting original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, photography, and art.
Website: http://themuseumofamericana.net/submissions/

 

The Wide Shore
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirement: Women writers only.
Contest: Women writers may submit 3-5 poems and a short bio.
Website: https://thewideshore.submittable.com/submit/35026

 

LUMFA Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication in Issue 5, 3 contributor copies, and $50
Contest: Submit stories from 50-750 words long. Up to three entries per writer.
Website: http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html

 

Lockjaw Magazine
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee” FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers may submit up to 5 poems or short stories (they like shorter work, so flash fiction might fit) for consideration.Website: Website: http://www.lockjawmagazine.com

 

RomComPom: A Journal of Romantic Comedy Poetry
Deadline: No deadline set, but since first publication is scheduled for January, 2015, this month would probably be a good idea.
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers may submit 1-5 poems in a single document that fit their “style” and ideas about poetry. See website for details.
Website: http://romcompom.wordpress.com/submissions/

 

November (FEE-BASED)

Walt Whitman Award for Poetry
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $35
Prize: $5000 and publication
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be first book written and unpublished.
Contest: Writers may submit full-length poetry books that are previously unpublished work (including as an e-book) 48-100 pages long for consideration.
Website: http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/walt-whitman-award-guidelines

 

New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Prize for Prose and Poetry
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1000, book contract, national distribution, and complimentary copies
Contest:Seeking book-length unpublished poetry and prose manuscripts from new and emerging authors. (Has not published 2 or more books with an established university or small press.)
Website: http://newriverspress.com/

 

Flyway Notes from the Field Prize
Deadline: November 10, 2014
Entry Fee: $12 or $15 (with a back issue)
Prize: (1st) $500 and copy of 2012 Anthology
Contest: May submit one piece of nonfiction up to 5000 words that celebrates vivid experience. Also accepting up to 5 poems or 1 piece of fiction (5000 words) or 3 small flash fiction (less than 1000 per piece).
Website: https://flyway.submittable.com/submit

 

2nd Scintillating Starts Contest
Deadline: November 10, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $100 to top three entries
Contest: Submit first 1500 words of your manuscript for review/critique. Top three entries win.
Website: https://writeradvice.submittable.com/submit

 

First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize
Deadline: November 15, 2014 (December 1, 2014 if by Submittable)
Entry Fee: $25 ($30 if use Submittable)
Prize: $1000 and 25 copies of winning book
Contest: Manuscripts of poetry should be 52-92 pages.
Website: http://poetsatwork.org/paw-press/first-annual-poetswork-book-prize-stephen-dunn-judge/

 

Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: $12 (includes a full year subscription to the Philadelphia Stories Magazine–4 issues).
Prize: (1st) $1000 and publication; (3 runners-up) $100 and publication
Contest: May submit up to 5 pages of poetry (1-5 poems). Other requirements are available on website.
Website: http://www.philadelphiastories.org/sandy-crimmins-national-prize-poetry

 

 

Prism Review Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $250 and publication
Contest: May submit either 1-4 poems (10 page maximum) or 1 short story (up to 7000 words). They also accept submissions for the magazine (not the award) for $2 per submission, See website for details.
Website: https://prismreview.submittable.com/submit

 

QuillsEdge Press Poetry Chapbook Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: 10 copies of the chapbook free, as well as purchase additional copies at 50% off.
Special Requirements: Only women over age 50 may submit. Set theme of “on the edge”
Contest: Accepting manuscripts that have not been previously published. See website for complete details.
Website: http://quillsedgepress.com/submit/

 

Baltimore Review
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $500 (1st); $200 (2nd); $100 (3rd)
Contest: They seem to take fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. You may have to visit several pages on the site to get full guidelines.
Website: www.baltimorereview.org

 

December (FREE writing contests)

A Common Thread
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: They are accepting poetry, short stories, flash fiction, artwork, screenplays, creative nonfiction, and more. please check the website as they have different requirements for each type of submission.
Website: http://scholar.valpo.edu/commonthread/guidelines.html

 

The Rondeau RoundUp
Deadline: December 5, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $50 gift card from Barnes and Noble
Contest: Each writer may submit one poem in roundeau form for the contest. No poems in other forms will be considered. Visit website for full details on how to write a rondeau.
Website: http://therondeauroundup.blogspot.com

 

Glassworks Magazine
Deadline: December 15, 2014
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Glassworks accepts nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print.
Website: https://glassworksmagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Postcard Poems and Prose
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting flash fiction (150-220 words) and poems (12-20 lines). See website for additional opportunities and requirements.
Website: http://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/submit-2/

 

Hartskill Review
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: One contributor’s copy
Contest: Writers may submit 1-3 poems at a time. They are currently seeking rich, complex, longer poems (4-12 pages long).
Website: http://hartskillreview.submittable.com/submit

 

Cahoodaloodaling
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Set them of Travelogue
Contest: Accepting poetry and prose in a wide variety of formats and genres. Please check the website carefully, as there are opportunities for a very varied range of artistic work, including songs and art.
Website: https://cahoodaloodaling.submittable.com/submit

 

December (FEE-BASED)

Poets @ Work Book Prize
Deadline: December 1, 2014 via Submittable
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $1000, 25 copies of the winning publication
Contest: Accepting poetry manuscripts 52-92 pages long.
Website: http://poetsatwork.com/

 

2015 Mississippi Review Contest
Deadline: Postmarked by 1-1-15, so submissions should be mailed in December 2014
Entry Fee: $16
Prize: $1000 in prizes to be awarded
Contest: Accepting fiction 1000-8000 words and poetry entries fo 3-5 poems totaling 10 pages or less. Submissions by snail mail only.
Website: https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 December Awards
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: 1st Prize: $1,500 and publication
Honorable Mention: $500 and publication
All finalists listed in Spring 2015 Awards issue.
Contest:Submit up to three poems per entry between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Name and address on cover letter only. Also accept by mail.
Website: http://decembermag.org/december-awards/

 

Sequestrum
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $4.35
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction (under 5000 words), Nonfiction (under 5000 words), and poetry (no more than 35 lines).
Website: https://sequestrum.submittable.com/submit

 

Tahoma Literary Review
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $4-$6
Prize: Fiction: $50-$300; Flash Fiction and Poetry: $25-$50
Contest: Now accepting fiction and nonfiction (2,000-6,000 words), flash fiction and nonfiction (2,000 words or less), and poetry (3-5 poems).Website: https://tahomaliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

 

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book
Contest: Manuscripts 100-250 pages long double-spaced 12-pt font. The award recognizes an outstanding collection of short fiction. Collections may include flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and may include a single novella (est. length of a novella is 50-100 pages). Novels or single novellas alone will not be considered.
Website: http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

 

Tartts First Fiction Award
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $1000, publication in paperback and library bound, royalties, and 100 copies of the book
Special Requirements: Writer must not have published a collection of short stories at the time of release.
Contest: Accepting short story collections 160-275 pages long.
Website: http://www.livingstonpress.uwa.edu/ (Then click Tartts First Fiction Award.)

 

January (FREE writing contests)

Sliver of Stone
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Poetry may be up to 3 poems. Fiction and nonfiction may be up to 3500 words.
Website: https://sliverofstone.submittable.com/submit

 

January (FEE-BASED)

Word Soup
Deadline: January 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $6 (donated to hunger charities in the US and abroad)
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers submit 3-5 pomes on the theme “hunger.”
Website: http://www.wordsoup.weebly.com

 

Mochila Review Undergraduate MoRe Prize
Deadline: January 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $50 and publication
Special Requirement: Must be an undergraduate student somewhere
Contest: May submit up to 5 poems, 1 prose up to 5000 words, and up to 5 pieces of visual art.
Website: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/apps/mochila/submit.php

 

Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize:   A standard royalty contract; A working relationship with an editorial staff and publisher; Publication of their book in both paperback and hardcover editions; National distribution through Small Press Distribution
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Female poets 40 or younger who are US citizens only.
Contest: Manuscripts must be previously unpublished full-length collections of original poetry written in English (40 pages of text, minimum). Portions of the manuscript may have appeared elsewhere (such as chapbooks and literary journals), but the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished.
Website: http://tavernbooks.com/wrolstad-series

 

Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500 and publication
Contest: Short fiction or stand-alone portion of a novel or novella up to 6000 words. Looking for innovative and ground-breaking fiction
Website: http://psychopompmag.com/contests/

 

February (FREE)

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

 

February (FEE-BASED)

Helen Short Story Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100 and possible publication, all receive an issue of the digital magazine
Contest: Short stories about Vegas and Southern California. Word count 500-5000 words.
Website: https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

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

 

March Fee-Based Contests

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

 

Locked Horn Press
Deadline: March 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10Prize: $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

Fee-based and FREE Writing Contests Oct. 2014-Feb. 2015