This page is an archive for the writing competitions, opportunities, prize and award entries by literary organizations.

We update the page weekly so as to keep our viewers current and open to the latest opportunities.

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Deadline: November 30th

Theme: Words For The Earth,A Poetry Project

Genre: Poetry

Description:

Red Penguin collections calls for submission for its Project : Words For The Earth, A Poetry Project. “Words for the Earth–A Poetry Project” is open for submissions of conscious poetry on the subject of the environment, specifically the issues we are currently facing regarding global warming, world health crises, and extreme climate change. We are looking for poems from all sects of life, from as many perspectives on the topics as possible, in order to really convey the importance of a global call to action.

To enter, visit: https://redpenguinbooks.com/upcoming-publications/
Submit directly: https://forms.gle/hPBtdqTmcqNNbHwo9

Prize: $30 per work. The best work gets on additional $70 , total = $100

Deadline: December 2

Genre: Short Stories, Poetry

Description:

Our mission statement is simple: get writers paid. We believe that there is a gap between what a writer is worth and what they are getting, and we aim to fill that gap the best we can.

The genre doesn’t matter,only the quality of the piece.

To enter, visit: theabbeyreview.submittable.com

Payment: $5.00

Theme: Sci-Fi Lampoon is looking for your fantasy, sci-fi,horror themed horror.

Genre: Flash & Short Fiction (1000-7500 words)

Description:

We are looking for flash (under 1000 words), short fiction (7500 words max) as well as high-res art, lampoon classifieds and ads.
Feel free to send up to six pieces of flash fiction.

To enter, visit: http://scifilampoon.com/submissions/
Submit directly via mail to submissions@scifilampoon.com

Prize: $0.10 per word poetry, $40 per poem

Deadline: November 24th

Theme: Uncharted Territory

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction (Max 5000 words)

Description:

Tell us about a time you (or a fictional character) either deliberately threw away the road map and set out a new uncharted course into the unfamiliar and unexpected, or a time when an external catalyst such as loss,illness, poverty,a social movement, a work of art,or a pandemic changed the course of your life.

To enter, visit: https://www.prairiefire.ca/submissions/

Prize: $100, $50, $25 to three winners

Deadline: 1-7 every month (December)

Theme: Horror

Genre: Flash Fiction of 500 words or less.

Description:

You may submit to the Micro Madness Fiction Competition by Cosmic Horror Montly, an online journal that is dedicated to finding the best cosmic horror fiction. This can be further explained as “dark science fiction”
Submissions are open monthly from the 1st – 7th and all stories must be currently unpublished.
You may submit to them via mail to flashfiction@cosmic-horror.net

To enter, visit: https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/micro-madness/

Prize: $20 per story

Genre: All fiction types (No poetry please)

Description:

“Tell us a story in 1,000 words or less” – If they like it, they’ll publish it in the next [available] edition of Brilliant Flash Fiction.
The literary journal accepts all fiction genres and pays $20 for each accepted story.
Note: Please do not submit poetry or stories that exceeds 1,000 words (even by one extra word).

To enter, visit: https://brilliantflashfiction.com/submissions/

Prize: $50

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poet, Visual arts

Description:

The journal is looking for ‘compressed creative arts’. They accept fiction, crreative non-fiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Works are published weekly. Their acceptance rate is about 3%.
Note: They do not accept erotica or works with strong graphic contents.

To enter, visit: matter.submittable.com/submit

Prize: $1.50 for stories | $5 for serials

Genre: 140-Character Stories

Description:

The magazine is a twitterzine, an online publication focused on nano-fiction – which a maximum of 140 characters.
You may submit a regular story (with the normal length) or go for a serial – which has about 3-7 segments/episodes/tweets.

To enter: nanoism.net/submit

Prize: $50 per accepted works.

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poet, Visual arts

Description:

To enter mosioatunyareview.com/submissions

Prize: £20

Deadline: November 20th 2021

Theme: Power

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Prose, Artwork, Book reviews, Short stories, Flash fiction.

Description:

What comes to your mind when we say power?
Think internal/ eternal, physical/ emotional.
Think relationships, power and governmental structures,influence,class,what empowers us or what oppresses us?
We want personal interpretation of power,from the light hearted to pieces of art and writing which shout from the rooftops,from physical to abstract.

To enter, visit: https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/manuscript-submissions

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Prize: $30

Categories: Poetry

Deadlines: October 16, 2021

Description: We are looking for poetry that explores the limits and boundaries of sickness, disability, illness, madness, and crip.

They are open to poems on some of these topics:

  • Sickness and intersecting identities (race, class, gender, queerness)
  • Chronic illness, chronic pain, temporality, sick time
  • Non-apparent illnesses, marginalized or rare illnesses
  • Accommodations, access, and mobility
  • Deafness
  • Blindness and vision loss

Link for submission and guidelines: contemporaryverse2.submittable.com/submit

Payment: $10

Genre: Flash Fiction (Horror)

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Description:

This prompt is an Un-themed general horror flash fiction contest. Preference to dread-inducing stories, as well as seasonal horror. The Length: 500 – 1,000 words.

To enter: https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#dose-jump

Payment: 6¢/word

Genre: Short Stories (5,000 words limit)

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Description:

They are looking for original short stories (prose poems will also be considered), to include a mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical, history, and romance elements. Classic or genre-bending, grim or whimsical, as long as it is new and fresh. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience.

Full guides: https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/mirror-mirror/guidelines
Submit: https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/2/3/submit

Payment: $80 per story

Genre: Short Fiction

Deadline: October 22 2021

Description:

In celebration of FFO’s 100th issue of Flash Fiction Online, they’re looking for stories on the theme of “ONE HUNDRED.” Give us stories of centenarians on adventures! Tell us tales of a hundred-year storm! Raise the temperature to 100 degrees (Fahrenheit? Celsius?)! Write us a story that takes place in 100 seconds! The possibilities are endless — they just have to somehow involve the number 100 in a way that’s integral to the story.

Guidelines and Submission link: ffo.submittable.com/submit

TP Foundation Essay Contest | Deadline: October 31, 2021 |  $200

Prize: First: $200 and certificates of recognition for each category

Categories: Non-fiction

Deadlines: Biographical Nonfiction Contest: August 31, 2021 ; Travel Nonfiction Contest: October 31, 2021

Description: The Preservation Foundation is hosting an essay contest open to all writers around the world who are previously unpublished.The Preservation Foundation Essay Contest organizers previously had strict rules about what it meant to be an “unpublished writer” but this year’s rules seem more relaxed. You should include a biography with your submission that makes it clear you are not previously published.

Link for submission and guidelines:https://www.creativewritingnews.com/the-preservation-foundation-essay-contest-2021/

The C.E.S Foundation Flash Fiction Contest | Sept 30, 2021 | $20,000

Theme: Faced with COVID; Solidarity and Resilience

Prize: $20,000 dollars + three prizes of $2,000 (plus publication)

Categories: poetry and fiction

Deadlines: September 30, 2021

Description: The International Short Tales Contest organized by the César Egido Serrano Foundation is eligible to writers from every part of the world (so far they are over 14 years old) and may be written in Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew.

An overall first prize of 20,000 dollars is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest. This year’s edition is themed Faced with COVID; Solidarity and Resilience.

Read the contest rules: On their website

Participation form: On their website

Cultural Daily | Deadline: August 31st, 2021 | Prize:$500

Prize: $500

Categories: Poetry

Deadlines:  August 31st, 2021

Description:

Cultural Daily is a free platform for independent voices, often overlooked and suppressed. Our 9th Annual “Jack Grapes Poetry Prize” is now open for submissions. This contest is FREE to enter.

Link for submission and guidelines : https://www.culturaldaily.com/jack-grapes-poetry-prize-2021/

Split Rock Review | Publication Deal | Deadline: August 31, 2021

Prize: Publication deal

Categories: poetry, short creative nonfiction and fiction, comics, hybrids, book reviews, interviews, photography, and art

Deadlines: August 31 2021

Description:  Split Rock Review is an independent, online journal that publishes poetry, short creative nonfiction and fiction, comics, hybrids, book reviews, interviews, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. We seek submissions for Issue 17 (Fall 2021). First 300 submissions are FREE during the months of July and August. Expedited and Tip Jar submission options are also available each month. Simultaneous submissions are OK. We encourage you to read past issues to see if we’re a good home for your work

Link for submission and guidelines: www.splitrockreview.org/submit

The 2021 Palette Poetry Prize | Deadline: August 15 2021 | $4000 and publication!

Prize: First: $4000 and publication

Categories: Poems

Deadlines: August 15 2021

Description:

 We are seeking one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page. Palette’s editors will choose ten finalists and any honorable mentions that warrant extra attention. Our judge will then select the winner and runner-ups. Second and third place receive $300 and $200, respectively.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://www.palettepoetry.com/submit/

Typehouse | Deadline: August 22, 2021 |  $21

Prize: $21

Categories: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction

Deadlines: August 22, 2021

Description:

We are looking for submissions of writing that grabs us and conveys a unique perspective and honest insight into our world. We are especially interested in underrepresented voices of all kinds, and we want to see submissions from writers and artists of all races, sexualities, nationalities, religions, and genders, as well as disabled and neuro-divergent creators.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://typehousemagazine.com/submissions/

The Rialto | Deadline: Aug 14, 2021 |  £20

Prize: £20

Categories: Poetry

Deadlines: August 14, 2021

Description: We are always looking for new poets and new poems. we welcome you to send your poems to be considered for Rialto 97 magazine. It is a good idea to read The Rialto before sending any of your work.

Link for submission and guidelines : https://therialto.submittable.com/submit

Plumwood Mountain | Deadline: Aug 11, 2021 |  $50

Prize: $50

Categories: Lyric Poetry

Deadlines: August 11, 2021

Description: Lyric poetry evokes a sense of musicality via the aural nature of language. Like a song, lyric poetry, particularly as it is housed within the contemporary poetic line, works with the breath. We invite writers to submit poetry that explores how lyric can become generative and performative within exchanges of inter-subjectivity between environment, poet, text and reader.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://plumwoodmountain.com/submissions-7/

Ongoing | Deadline: August 10, 2021 | 30CAD.

Prize:  30CAD.

Categories:  Prose in any genre up to 1000 words based on musical prompt

Deadlines: August 10, 2021

Description:

We are an online prompt journal for music and prose. We are currently open for submissions written in response to our latest musical prompt.

Link for submission and guideline: https://www.ongoing.space/submit

Electric literature | Deadline: August 2, 2021 | $300

Prize:  $300

Categories:  Fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words

Deadlines: August 2, 2021

Description:

Recommended Reading, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Recommended Reading only considers previously unpublished fiction, including publication on your personal website. Before submitting, please take some time to read Recommended Reading, especially those recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://electricliterature.submittable.com/submit

The Suburban Review | Deadline:  August 1, 2021 |   $75 – $150

Prize:  $75 – $150

Categories:  Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art, Comics on

Theme: PUNCTURE.

Deadlines: August 1, 2021

Description:

Are you pulled over on the side of the road with a flat? Got a particularly fine piece of embroidery? Or maybe you just spent three hours stapling documents on a Friday afternoon, only to have to pull them all out again. Perhaps this led to a few mildly frustrated texts, punctuated with hard full stops that almost put holes in your phone screen. However you interpret it, we’re looking for piercingly sharp literature and artworks that play with the theme of PUNCTURE.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/

We’Moon | Deadline:  August 1, 2021 |   Small honorarium | Restrictions: Women Only

Prize:  Small honorarium

Categories:  Art, Poetry and Prose, 350 words maximum

Deadlines: August 1, 2021

Description:

We’Moon is dedicated to amplifying the images and voices of women from many perspectives and cultures. We encourage women from all walks of life to take part in helping We’Moon weave a rich and varied tapestry. We seek to make We’Moon a safe and welcoming space for all women, including those from international women’s cultures, women of colour (WOC) and others marginalised by the mainstream, e.g. lesbian, non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, etc. 

Link for submission and guidelines: https://wemoon.ws/pages/submissions#write

Moonflake Press | Deadline: August 1, 2021 |  £25

Prize: £25

Categories: Short stories and poems on Lush

Deadlines: August 1, 2021.

Description:

Moonflake press is now open for submission. While we welcome everyone’s work, we do have set themes for each issue. We announce them on social media as well as on our web page. The theme for this issue is LUSH. You don’t need to be so literal but please don’t send us work that has no correlation whatsoever. That being said, as long as your work checks the following boxes, we can’t wait to read it!

Link for submission and guidelines: https://www.moonflakepress.com/submit

Ripe Literary Journal | Deadline: August 1, 2021. |  $5.

Prize: $5.

Categories: Poetry, prose, art

Deadlines: August 1, 2021.

Description:

Ripe literary journal is a bi-annual journal and at this time, digital only; though hope to change that in the future to digital/print hybrid. We ask for the submission of previously unpublished works of art. And we do consider works published on social media or personal blogs. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but we ask that you notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere before you hear back from us. You may do so by replying to your original submission email noting which piece(s) you need to withdraw. We love to know that your work has made its way into the universe!

Link for submission and guidelines: https://www.ripeliteraryjournal.com/submit

MudRoom magazine | Deadline: August 1, 2021. | $15.

Prize: $15.

Categories: Poetry, fiction, and essays

Deadlines: August 1, 2021.

Description:

We at MudRoom invite you to send in your works of poetry, fiction, and essays. We are also pleased to announce that beginning with our Spring issue, all contributors will be paid 15 dollars! Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we just ask that you let us know immediately through Submittable. We will not consider work with sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or ableist content. Your name should appear on you cover letter but not in the submission.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://www.mudroommag.com/submissions-1

Wizards in Space | Deadline: July 30, 2021. | $40

Prize: $40 per original poem or per page of original art

Categories:  Poetry, prose, art on theme: bridges & barriers

Deadlines: July 30, 2021

Description:

we invite you to submit work on the theme of bridges & barriers for the seventh issues of our magazine. Tell us about the vulnerability that is necessary in order to reach out to others, to share your secrets, to trust in one another. Give us your poems you carved into every wooden board along the way, your art that paints a picture of true connection between living things, your stories about all the times coming together saved the world. Even if you are not sure your work fits, we want to hear from you. We accepts reprint

Link for submission and guidelines: https://wizardsinspacemag.submittable.com/submit

Volney Road Review | Deadline: July 31, 2021. |   $10.

Prize:  $10.

Categories: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art.

Deadlines: July 31, 2021.

Description:

We are now receiving submissions for the spring issue of our magazine. Our goal is to give a platform to the unpublished gems hidden within the repertoires of established and emerging authors. Send us the work that you think will change the world.

Link for submission and guidelines: http://volneyroadreview.com/submit/

Soft Skull Press | Deadline: July 21, 2021 |  Royalties.

Prize: Royalties

Categories:  fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid projects

Deadlines: July 21, 2021

Description:

Soft Skull Press is accepting un-agented submissions of complete manuscripts. We are primarily seeking and strongly encouraging submissions from BIPOC writers and underrepresented voices of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability. We publish work of adult literary Fiction, Non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid projects, including works in translation. 

Link for submission and guidelines: https://catapult.submittable.com/submit/197577/soft-skull-open-submissions-june-july-2021

Poetry Wales. | Deadline: July 21, 2021 |  £20 and above.

Prize: Poems: £20/page ; Reviews: £67.50 /1500-word review ; Articles: £200 /3000 word

Categories:  Poetry, reviews, articles

Deadlines: July 21, 2021

Description:

We seek to celebrate the wide range of writing that is happening across Wales and beyond, and welcome submissions from everyone. We are open to poems on all themes, but we would be interested to see poems about “Imagined Futures”.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://poetrywales.co.uk/submission/

Tales from the Moonlit Path | Deadline: July 27, 2021 |  $10.

Prize: $10

Categories:  Dark, eerie, speculative stories

Deadlines: July 27, 2021

Description:

We are now open to story submissions for our Summer Issue. Tales from the Moonlit Path publishes dark, eerie, speculative stories. Horror is not a necessary element, although fiction should contain some aspect of the weak, frail, changeable human condition.We are interested in character-driven stories more so than plot-driven, and we prefer dark fiction that makes us think, makes us feel, wraps us in its well-spun dream.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/

Catapult | Deadline: July 16, 2021 |   $200.

Prize:  $200

Categories: Flash fiction, short stories

Deadlines: July 16, 2021

Description:

Catapult publishes award-winning fiction and nonfiction of the highest literary caliber. We nurture emerging writers by helping them better their craft, and support more established writers by evenly sharing revenues from the classes they teach, and by paying to publish their work online. We invite you to collaborate with us by sending in your works of fiction and short stories.

Link for submission and guidelines: https://catapult.submittable.com/submit

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2 Comments

Abubakar Muktar · November 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Nothing

    Emmanuel Ojex · November 18, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Hello Mr Muktar, please what do you mean by ‘NOTHING’?

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