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Attention all writers! Upcoming spring writing contests…

Posted on | February 29, 2012 | No Comments

Hello writers,

We wanted to share the following information with you regarding upcoming writing contests… these are great ways to potentially make a little extra cash or get your work published!

March Deadlines

  • James Jones First Novel Fellowship – deadline March 1: submit a two-page outline and the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress by mail or online.  Entry fee is $25/ submission, and prizes are $10,000 (first prize) and two $750 runner-up prizes. 
  • Gulf Coast Contests – deadline March 15: submit EITHER one unpublished story or essay (up to 25 pages, double spaced) OR up to five unpublished poems (up to 10 pages, double spaced).  Entry fee is $23, and prizes are $1,500 and publication (first prize), $250 (runner-up prize)
  • Bevel Summers Prize for the Short-Short Story – deadline March 31: submit a story up to 1,000 words.  No entry fee, and prize is $500 and publication in Shenandoah.
  • Tom Howard/ John H. Reid Short Story Contest – deadline March 31: submit any type of short story, essay, or prose up to 5,000 words.  Entry fee is $15, prizes are $3000, $1000, $400, $250, $150 and publication on website.

April Deadlines

  • Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest – deadline April 2: submit fiction or nonfiction up to 5,000 wds.  Entry fee is $20 and prize is $1000 and publication
  • The Writer Short-Story Contest – deadline April 30: submit unpublished short-stories up to 2000 wds.  Entry fee is $10, and prizes are $1000, $300, and $200.

May Deadlines

  • William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition – deadline May 1: submit unpublished work (novels, novellas, novels-in-progress, short stories, essays, poetry).  Entry fees vary by category and prizes are $750-$7500, varies by category.
  • Lush Triumphant Literary Awards Competition – deadline May 15: submit unpublished fiction up to 3,000 wds, creative nonfiction up to 4,000 wds.  Entry fee is $25, and prizes are $750 and publication (first place) and $250 and publication (runner-up).

More information on all of these contests, including submission guidelines, can be easily found online by searching for each individual contest.  If you know of any additional spring writing contests, let us know in the comments! 

Good luck and happy writing. 


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