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Deadline: September 30, 2016

First Edition Children's Book Writing Contest

The second annual First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest is now seeking manuscripts of 600 words or less for children up to five years old. The winning author will have their manuscript edited, illustrated, printed, and promoted. The book will be sold both online and in brick and mortar retail stores. The author will receive a $1,000 advance and 8% royalties. The submission fee of $50 increases by $25 on August 15 and September 15. For more information and to submit your manuscript visit:

Annual deadline: September 30

$5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

The University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions year-round for the Miller Williams Poetry Series, with the $5,000 prize awarded in the summer. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30th. The series is edited by Billy Collins, and honors the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. Visit for more information.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Geist Can't Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest

Shake up the CanLit canon! Generate a CanLit premise at, use the premise as the basis for a story (the weirder the better!) and enter to win literary fame and fortune. Submissions must be 500 words or less, in any genre. Winning entries published in Geist and at, along with $1000 in prizes. For more details or to submit, visit

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Orison Anthology Awards

The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry offer $500 and publication in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. The judges are Ravi Howard (fiction), Catherine Reid (nonfiction), and Philip Metres (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Complete details are available at

Deadline: July 31, 2016

2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

A $1,000 advance plus a 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine will be awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract (finalists will also be considered for publication). The deadline is midnight (Eastern Standard time) on July 31, 2016, and the winners/ finalists will be announced on or before November 1. Reading fee: $30. For more information, visit

Deadline: July 29, 2016

Portable Story Series 2nd Contest Theme Announced

Every four months, Portable Story Series holds a contest and our current theme is “Time Travel.” The winning story is recorded with a narrator at CDM Studios in Manhattan and is posted to our website as a free download. Performance, recording, and mixing is valued at $5500, and the winning author receives a cash prize of $250 or 75% of the submission fees—whichever is greater. With each contest, we feature three charitable or non-profit organizations. For more information, check out

Deadline: July 15, 2016

2016 Seattle Review Poetry Chapbook Contest

We accept submissions of 20-30 pages of poetry in the summer, deliberate, and send our top ten (or so) to the contest judge (Claudia Rankine). A grand prize of $1000 and 20 copies of the chapbook is awarded, as well as $100 and publication in the Seattle Review for the top two finalists. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Entry fee: $20. All submissions considered for publication in SR. For full guidelines and to submit, visit:

Deadline: July 1, 2016

2016 NANO Prize Now Open

The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will be judged this year by Kellie Wells! To celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts, and all entrants will receive issue 10.1. Winners will be announced in mid-August. Check for more information.

Deadline: June 24, 2016

2016 New American Fiction Prize

All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, collections of flash fiction, and others. Minimum 100pp, no maximum length.  $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge is Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men, as well as two story collections. Reading fee: $22.50, online submissions only. For more information or email, visit

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Swan Scythe Press Announces its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Swan Scythe Press is now considering manuscripts for its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 20-32 pages of poems that includes a title page with author’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with a second title page without personal identifiers (book title only). Submit to 1468 Mallard Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 or to The entry fee of $18.00 is payable to Swan Scythe Press. The winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. For more information, visit

Deadline: June 15, 2016

$300 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Got something short, sharp, and snappy to tell? Wow us with 1000 words of economical and brilliant storytelling. The final contest judge is flash fiction master Bob Thurber (critiques available). Contest is limited to 300 entries, with a prize of $300 and publication in Pulp Literature Issue 13. The entry fee is $15. For more details:

Extended Deadline: June 15, 2016

Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest 2016/ Elyse Wolf Prize $500

Slate Roof Press, an art-quality, member-run publisher, produces beautiful books with letterpress covers crafted by an award-winning printer. Send us 28 pages of your best, well-crafted poetry. The winner receives the $500 Elyse Wolf Prize, becomes an active member of the press, and gains valuable experience in many areas of publishing. Remote participation in Slate Roof Press through Skype/phone is possible. Contest reading fee: $10. For additional information:, or email.

Deadline: June 15, 2016

2016 Slapering Hol Chapbook Competition

Writers who have not yet published a collection in book form are warmly invited to submit manuscripts to Slapering Hol Press’ annual poetry chapbook competition. Awards include $1000, ten copies of the published chapbook, a reading at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and up to $500 in travel expenses. Reading fees: $17 online or $15 hard copy. For more information, visit