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Prize: $5,000 (for five top writers), a developmental edit, and an agent consultation.

Categories: Creative Fiction and Non-fiction

Deadline: Feb 21 2021

Submission Fee: 25$


The First Pages Prize supports un-agented writers worldwide with an annual prize for the first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. It support emerging writers with cash awards of $5,000, a developmental edit, and an agent consultation.

Read guidelines to enter via

Prize: $250

Categories: Poetry, Cover Art, Fiction, Non-fiction

Deadline: March 5, 2021


We are accepting submissions to our 3rd annual chapbook contest. A prize of $250 and publication by Backbone Press along with 25 author copies is given to the winner. Iain Haley Pollock will judge. See our website for full guidelines:

Prize: $100

Categories: Poetry, Cover Art, Fiction, Non-fiction

Deadline: January 31, 2021


Students, graduates, and undergraduates are invited to submit their unpublished writings to The Roadrunner Review. They are reading for ISSUE 7 and will consider all accepted work for our annual Roadrunner Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each award comes with a $100 award. This year, we are excited to add Cover Art to our prize categories. Read full description and guides via

Prize: N150,000 to be shared among top three entrants.

Deadline: 25 March 2021


In a bid to fulfil its long term goal of supporting innovation in Nigerian poetry, NND, in its 10th year anniversary has instituted a yearly poetry competition—Nigerian NewsDirect Poetry Prize.
The competition is open to all Nigerian poets at different stages of their career
Only ONE unpublished poem of any length in a .doc or .docx file may be submitted — to Visit HERE to learn more.

Prize: 600£

Deadline: 24 January 2021


The global Essay Competition 2021 bases its theme on the happenings in 2020.

In the year 2020 witnessed the Covid-19 global pandemic spread, as people across the globe faced devastating impacts both socially and economically.

To many, the pandemic feels like a force out of their control. Yet, an extensive look may perhaps reveal to us that our actions as a society has had a direct impact on the birth of these pandemics.

To mark the 2020 World Soil Day (Saturday the 5th of December), the UNCCD Capacity Development and Innovations Office (CDIO) invites you to participate in their essay competition exploring the concept of ‘one health’ and examining the relationship between our treatment of the planet’s land and the increased likelihood of these pandemics.


  • The diagnosis (the objective reality): The nature of Covid-19 and its relation to our attitude to land.
  • The prescription and solution: What issues must be addressed for our improved relation to land. And what concrete actions we may take in these regards in preventing or minimizing the occurrence of these pandemics in the future?
  • Submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services, or any obscene, violent, racist, religious intolerance or defamatory content.

For more information, visit Global Essay Competition 2021

Prize: $50 per poem. A maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.

Deadline: 15 April 2021

Description: EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. EPOCH appears three times per year: in September, January, and May. 

Submission Guidelines: For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one envelope. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem. For fiction, submit no more than one story per envelope and no more than three short short stories per envelope. We consider fiction in all forms, short short to novella length. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews. You may make more than one submission at a time in either fiction or poetry, but each submission must be in a separate envelope. Submissions of graphic art, graphic fiction, and cartoons should be as pdf on disk; the editors assume no responsibility for the safe return of such submissions, so, please, retain copies of this kind of work.

To enter, visit

Prize: Three finalists will receive $1,000 each. The winner will receive an additional $20,000.
Deadline: December 31, 2020 (Holiday Offer); March 15, 2021

Description: The Four Quartets Prize is for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2020. Poems in the sequence may have been published in different journals provided that they were published in 2020 and that brought together, they form a complete sequence.
The Four Quartets Prize is first and foremost a celebration of the multi-part poem, which includes entire volumes composed of a unified sequence as well as novels in verse and book-length verse narratives.
Gwendolyn Brooks’s sequence A Street in Bronzeville , published as a book in 1945 as well as her The Anniad, published in book form in 1950, are also examples of eligible sequences. 77 Dream Poems (1964) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) by John Berryman are other examples.
Three finalists will receive $1,000 each. The winner will receive an additional $20,000.
The announcement of the short list will take place in Spring, 2021, followed shortly by the announcement of the winner. Full details at

Prize: First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Three finalists: $150 each

Deadline: December 31, 2020 (Holiday Offer); March 15, 2021

Description: Submit in the month of December using the designated dialogue prompt, “What a time to be alive!” to enjoy contest fee waivers! First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Three finalists: $150 each. Guest Judges: David Galef and Karen Heuler. Every week during our submission period, we’ll post one-sentence dialogue prompts on our social media platforms. Choose a dialogue prompt that inspires you and write a story that includes the prompt. READ full guidelines:

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