(I’m including contests that may or may not be open at the time of posting, so be sure to verify details and submission deadlines; these things change on a regular basis. If a contest is no longer running, please let me know!)
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Bath Short Story Award
A British contest — $1,200 first prize, smaller second and third prize. Entry fee 8pounds; 2200 max word limit. Any theme or subject. Adult or young adult readers. Previously unpublished. Must not have won any previous prize. However, simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winning and short-listed stories published in annual anthology.
Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Open to writers who’ve not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. 8K word count. $1,500 prize + publication. Entry fee $16.
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest — Opens 4/1 through 5/15 each year. Prizes range from $1,500 to $125. Prizewinners are published in the October issue of Carve Magazine.
The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry — Open from January 1 through January 31. Winners in each genre receive $2,000 and publication. All entries receive a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.
Emerging Writer’s Contest
Open to writers who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Winners receive $2,000. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Open from 3/1/17 through 5/15/17. Winners announced in mid-September 2017. Under 6K words. One entry per year. Previously unpublished. Entry fee $24 (waived for subscribers).
Lorian Hemingway Competition
Pays $1,500 first prize, and publication of winning entry in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Second and third place each get $500. Entrants limited to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers published in on-line magazines or who have self-published are considered on an individual basis. Word Limit: 3,500 words or less. Entry fee: $15.
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest — Open between 10/15 and 4/30. $1,500 for top fiction and top essay. Ten honorable mentions of $100 each. Winners will be published online. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Limit 6,000 words. Fee: $18 per entry.
Indiana Review’s Half-K Prize
First prize of $1K and publication. Up to three pieces, up to 500 words each. No genre or form restrictions.
Innovative Short Fiction Contest — Sponsored by The Conium Review. Prize is $500, publication, comp copies and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Looking for a fresh idea, not the same old story concepts. Must have a “wow” factor. Open from 2/1 through 5/1/17. Entry fee $15. Winner announced by 7/15/17. Submissions through Submittable. Must be previously unpublished, but simultaneous submissions are acceptable. (no refund)
Iowa Review Awards — Open for the month of January. Winner: $1,500; first runner up: $750. Accepts submissions through Submittable; fiction/prose up to 25 pages, double-spaced. Entries must be previously unpublished.
Curt Johnson Prose Award
Run by December Magazine. Open to stories up to 8K words. First prize $1500; 2nd prize $500. Both are published. Also prizes for non-fiction. No simultaneous submissions. Submit through Submittable. Entry fee $20, includes copy of awards issue.
Elizabeth Jonney Short Story Prize
Australian contest sponsored by Australian Book Review; winner announced at Melbourne Writers Festival. First prize is $7,000 (AU$?), runner up prizes and judge’s commendation prizes as well. Word count must be between 2k and 5k words, written in English. Previously unpublished. Exclusive submission. Entry fee.
Manchester Fiction Prize — Opens Feb, 2017; deadline in September. Entry fee 17.50 (british pounds). Prize is 10,000 british pounds. Up to 2,500 words.
Masters Review’s Short Story Award for New Writers — Only open to new writers who have not yet published a book. 7k word limit. First prize $2,000 + publication.
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
Sponsored by Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal for the Arts. First prize is $1,000 and publication. Two runners up receive $100 and are considered for publication. $20 entry fee. Must be previously unpublished, and under 10,000 words.
Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction — Winner receives $2,000 and publication in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. Literary Fiction. $15 entry fee per story; unlimited entries. Word count between 2,500 and 12,500. Contest open 12/1 through 3/14. Winner announced by July 2017.
Nelson Algren Literary Award — sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. One winner ($3,500), four finalists ($1,000 each), five runners-up ($500 each). All stories considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune’s digital literary journal. Entries for this contest go through Submittable. 2017’s contest opened 12/1/16 and closes 1/31/17.
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
Recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas; however, novels or single novellas will not be considered. Unpublished MS between 40K and 75K words, may include long stories or novellas. Authors One prize of $1000 and publication by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Must be residents of North America. Open for submissions 4/1 through 5/31. Entry fee: $30.
Philosophy through Fiction — sponsored by the American Philosophical Association; first prize is $500 and publication in Sci Phi Journal. Entries close 2/1.
Premium Edition Contest — Open 10/1 through 11/15 each year. Three genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry. One prize of $1000 in each genre and publication in Premium Edition of Carve Magazine.
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards — sponsored by the Cincinnati Review and the University of Cincinnati. Open between June 1 and July 15 to stories, poems and literary non-fiction. $1,000 prize each for poetry and prose. Entry fee $20 (includes a one-year subscription to the Cincinnati Review).
John Steinbeck Short Story Award
Fiction up to 5K words. First prize of $1K and all entries are considered for publication. Entry fee: $15.
Sunday Times Short Story Prize — World’s richest short story competition. Winner receives £37,500. Open from June through September. ONLY OPEN TO WRITERS PUBLISHED IN THE UK AND IRELAND.
WC&C Scholarship Competition — Sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. $500 scholarships in workshop fees, retreats or conferences to emerging writers. For fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages. Double-spaced, 12-pt font. Open from December 1 through March 30. $10 entry fee.
Writer’s Digest — Pays FANTASTIC benefits, and honors winners all the way up to 25th place!
Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest — First prize $1,000; winner and runners up are forwarded to leading literary agents. 5K word limit. Open July 1 to October 1.
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