(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 Previously unpublished.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 Previously unpublished.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).
Glimmer Train Awards
Offers a plethora of contests, each with a specific focus. First prizes run from $2,000 to 3,000. Read the magazine to see what they are looking for.
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 Entries may be published or unpublished.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.
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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