This page is an archive for the writing competitions, opportunities, prize and award entries by literary organizations.
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TP Foundation Essay Contest | Deadline: October 31, 2021 | $200
Prize: First: $200 and certificates of recognition for each category
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The Preservation Foundation is hosting an essay contest open to all writers around the world who are previously unpublished.The Preservation Foundation Essay Contest organizers previously had strict rules about what it meant to be an “unpublished writer” but this year’s rules seem more relaxed.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
Deadlines: August 31st, 2021
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
Deadlines: August 15 2021
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
Categories: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction
Deadlines: August 22, 2021
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
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
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.
Categories: Prose in any genre up to 1000 words based on musical prompt
Deadlines: August 10, 2021
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
Categories: Fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words
Deadlines: August 2, 2021
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
Deadlines: August 1, 2021
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
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
Categories: Short stories and poems on Lush
Deadlines: August 1, 2021.
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.
Categories: Poetry, prose, art
Deadlines: August 1, 2021.
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.
Categories: Poetry, fiction, and essays
Deadlines: August 1, 2021.
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
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.
Categories: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art.
Deadlines: July 31, 2021.
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.
Categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid projects
Deadlines: July 21, 2021
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
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.
Categories: Dark, eerie, speculative stories
Deadlines: July 27, 2021
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.
Categories: Flash fiction, short stories
Deadlines: July 16, 2021
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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