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Deadline: November 1, 2013
The Briar Cliff Review Writing Contests
The Briar Cliff Review is an annual publication of the Briar Cliff University, Iowa. It is committed to nurturing artists and emerging and established writers. In line with that commitment, The Briar Cliff Review is inviting writers to enter its 18th Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction Contest. Entries will be judged by the editors. First place winners of each category will receive $1,000 plus publication in the Spring 2014 edition of The Briar Cliff Review.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
Reed Magazine Contests
The Reed Magazine is an annual publication of San Jose State University, California. It features fiction, nonfiction, poetry and even artworks. The magazine also has several annual writing contests and an art contest. All end on November 1, 2013.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
Tampa Review Danahy Fiction Prize
The Danahy Fiction Prize is awarded by the Tampa Review to an unpublished work of short fiction. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in an issue of the Tampa Review.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
We all make mistakes – cringe-worthy, embarrassing mistakes. So why not write about them and perhaps win some bucks? Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays centered on mistakes. The Best Essay will be awarded $1,000 and the runner-up $500.

Deadline: November 4, 2013
Eco Arts Awards Prize in Literature
Do you have something to say about ecological issues? Say them in the form of a poem, a short story, or an essay and enter it for the Eco Arts Awards Prize in Literature. A $1,000 will be given to the best entry.

Bookends June 2013 Author Challenge

Aside from being a fantastic source of entertainment, books also often stir readers in such a way that they, in turn, want to communicate and express their own intellect and emotions. This month’s challenge is centered on how books influence their readers, specifically about the inspiration it creates. As the sci-fi fantasy writer Vera Nazarian once said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”

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Deadline: 5th of every month
Writers' Forum Ongoing Short Story Competition
Prizes range from a minimum 1st prize £300, 2nd prize £150 and 3rd prize £100 with an annual trophy and a cheque for £1,000 for the best story of the year. The competition is open to all nationalities but entries must be in English.

Deadline: 15th of every month
Writers' Forum Ongoing Poetry Competition
Poets are invited to enter their unpublished poems for a competition to be held in each issue of Writers' Forum. There will be a first prize of £100 and three runner-up prizes all published in the magazine.

Deadline: September 20
Ragazine.CC Speculative Fiction Contest
Featuring Sheree Renee Thomas as the final judge, the Ragazine Speculative Fiction Contest will award $1,000 to the best story. It accepts submissions in the genre of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Entry fee is $15 per story.

Extended Deadline: October 1, 2013

Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards
Do you have a self-published e-book from 2008-2013? If you do, pitch it in the pool now for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Award! Two categories are open for entries: fiction and nonfiction. One grand prize winner will be chosen, and there will also be a first place winner and a second place winner. Even if you don’t get to bag the big recognitions, you may still get an honorable mention.

Deadline: October 1, 2013
The Consequence Prize in Poetry
War. Such a subject can be discussed in many angles. To snag The Consequence Prize in Poetry, a poet must address the culture of war and its eventual consequences. One winning poet will receive a cash prize of $200 and, together with three other finalists, will have their entries published in the spring 2014 issue of CONSEQUENCE Magazine and in the magazine’s website. Recipient of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award Brian Turner will choose the most distinguished poems.

Deadline: October 15, 2013
Dogwood Multi-Genre Contest
Poets and fiction and nonfiction writers are invited to send their entries to the annual Dogwood Multi-Genre Contest with a grand prize of $1,000 dollars. All entries submitted are considered for publication in the Dogwood journal.

One-Act Play: November 1, 2013
Fiction: November 15, 2013

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests
A one-act play and a short fiction will both receive a $1,500 prize and VIP passes worth $500 to the reading at the 28th annual New Orleans Literary Festival on March 19-23, 2014.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
Creative Nonfiction: Mistakes Wanted for Themed Issue
We all make mistakes. There are minute ones that we can brush aside, and then there are colossal embarrassments. Whatever kind of mistake you make, you are invited to write about your experience for Creative Nonfiction’s special themed issue. A $1,000 prize will be given for the best essay, and $500 will be conferred for a runner-up entry. Essays submitted must be true stories, accurate, unpublished, and do not exceed the maximum of 4,000 words.

Deadline: December 1, 2013
26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
Authors who have books with content relevant to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) lives are invited to submit their works for consideration for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The contest is organized by The Lambda Literary Foundation, which aims to nurture, celebrate, and preserve LGBT literature through the awards to encourage budding LGBT literature writers.

Deadline: October 1, 2013
Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards
All poets are invited to submit poems of all styles—rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more—for the 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. The only Writer’s Digest exclusively for poetry, entries of 32 lines or less get the chance to win $1,000 in cash as well as publication in Writer’s Digest and promotion on the site. Entry fees are $15 for the first poem and an additional $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction.

Deadline: October 1, 2013
American Literary Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the spring 2014 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Entries can only be submitted through their online submission manager. They will not be accepting submissions via snail mail or e-mail. Reading fee is $15.

Deadline: October 15, 2013
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize
Ruminate, an award-winning quarterly literary arts print magazine engaging the Christian faith, continues to accept entries for their Short Story Prize. With an entry fee of $15, the winner will receive $1,000 while publication in the spring 2013 issue will be awarded to both the winner and the runner-up.

Deadline: October 31, 2013
2014 James Hearst Poetry Prize
In honor of James Hearst who was a famous “farmer-poet,” the North American Review invites poets to submit their best poetry for the chance to win the grand prize of $1,000. Second and third prize will get $100 and $50 respectively. All winners and finalists will be published in the spring 2014 issue. Entry fee is $20.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
The Malahat Review 2014 Open Season Awards
Canada’s premier literary magazine, The Malahat Review, is now inviting entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for their annual Open Season Awards. Prizes of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction await the best of the best. This year’s judges are Jeffrey Donaldson (poetry), Yasuko Thanh (fiction), and Mark Abley (creative nonfiction).

Deadline: November 15, 2013
2014 Special Issue Feature Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction
The Crab Orchard Review, a publication of the Southern Illinois University, is calling for poetry, short, story, and essay submissions for their annual Special Issue Feature Awards based on the theme “the West Coast and Beyond.” Three winners, one from each genre, will be given a prize of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of the magazine.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
The Story Prize
A prize of $20,000 is waiting for the author of an outstanding collection of short stories. To be eligible, the collection must be written solely in English and first published in the United States. Two runners-up will be awarded $5,000 each, and one entrant will receive the $1,000 Story Prize Spotlight Award for a collection meritorious of more attention.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize
The Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival aims to promote works that revolve around Brooklyn, its history and culture. On that note, the organization is offering a prize of $500 and publication on the website for a work of creative nonfiction set in Brooklyn, New York, that embodies the area’s “rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer's actual experiences.” The winner will also be invited for a reading at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

Deadline: November 16, 2013
C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
Poetry International, an annual poetry journal by the San Diego State University, invites poets to send in their poetry for the C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. The winning entry will receive $1,000 and will be published in the next issue of the Poetry International.

Deadline: November 17, 2013
New Millennium Awards
New Millennium Writings is a literary magazine that carries fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writings. For the second time this year, the magazine is inviting writers and poets alike to submit their poems, a work of fiction, a piece short short fiction, or a creation of nonfiction for their biannual New Millennium Awards.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Fall Story Contest
Narrative’s Fall Story Contest is now accepting entries for short shorts; short stories; essays; memoirs; photo essays; graphic stories; all forms of literary nonfiction; and excerpts from longer fiction and nonfiction works. The top three entries’ awards are as follows: $2,500 for the first, $1,000 for the second, and $500 for the third. Furthermore, ten finalists will receive $100 each. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Narrative, and are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2014, and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Deadline: December 1, 2013
W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
Wartime may be tumultuous, but the stories that rise from them and revolve around them are numerous. To that end, the American Library Association is calling for authors to submit their novels set in a period when the United States was engaged in war for the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award. The winning novel will receive a prize of $5,000.

Deadline: December 1, 2013
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize
The University of Evansville, through the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, is inviting poets and linguists to submit up to 10 translated poems. The winner will be given a prize of $1,000.

Deadline: November 4, 2013
San Miguel Writing Conference “Writing Contest”
Do you think your writing has what it takes? If so, then submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction for a chance to attend the San Miguel Writing Conference—free of charge. Three winners will be awarded the entire six-day full conference package from February 12–17, 2014 as well as their housing paid for during the conference.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
Broad River Review
Broad River Review, the Literary Magazine of Gardner-Webb University, is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction and poetry. Winning manuscripts will appear in the Broad River Review 2014 edition, which will come out in late spring. Entry fee is $15.

Deadline: November 15, 2013
Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition
Do you think you can come up with a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Submit an entry in the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition for a chance to win $3,000 in cash, publication in the Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! The winning entries will be displayed in the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early bird deadline is on November 15, and the early bird entry fee is $20 per manuscript.

Deadline: December 1, 2013
Digital Americana’s 501 Word Writing Contest
The 501 Word Writing Contest is meant to be a fun challenge for creative writers, where the top 5 finalists will be published in an upcoming issue of Digital Americana. The winning piece will not only receive publication but also the chance for his/her winning entry to be turned into a short literary film produced by the Digital Americana creative team. The guest judge for this year will be director and author Adam Cushman of Red14Films.

Deadline: December 31, 2013
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
Get the chance to be a part of one of the highest national honors for independent publishers—the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards! With fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, all winners are recognized at a gala event celebrating all of the recipients, and every winning title is displayed at the awards ceremony. Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. Gold and Silver winners receive award certificates along with gold or silver stickers. All winners are announced to the major trade journals and media.

Deadline: January 15, 2014
ForeWord Book of the Year Awards
ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards was established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. There will be three winners per category, and the grand prize winner will receive $1,500. Interested participants will be charged $99 per entry.

Deadline: January 18, 2014
Axiom Business Book Awards
The Axiom Business Book Awards, the largest and most respected critical guidepost for business books in today’s new world of publishing, is now accepting entries. These prestigious and competitive awards are presented in 21 business categories and serve as the premier list to help readers discover new and innovative works. This contest serves as the premier list to help readers discover new and innovative works.

Deadline: January 31, 2014
eLit Book Awards
The fourth annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The 2013 eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry. It celebrates the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats.