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Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Montreal International Poetry Prize

$20K for one poem of no longer than 40 lines. Entry fees apply. Please visit our website to discover this unique, prestigious competition, juried by the 2017 Montreal Prize Editorial Board, a group of 10 poets from around the world who select poems for the Global Poetry Anthology. The prize judge then reads the manuscript and selects a winning poem. This competition is judged and juried blindly (i.e. without author names). And jury and judge change every competition. Come to our website and discover marvelous poets from all over the world. Follow us on Facebook for occasional updates and poems. The Montreal Prize is a not-for-profit organization. montrealprize.com

Deadline: May 15, 2017

2017 Del Sol Press First Novel Competition

Judge: Hallie Ephron. Prize is $1,500, plus 20 copies, and publication in Spring 2018. Open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence. Previously published work eligible if author has regained the rights. Self-published works are eligible. Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Flying South 2017: Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

$2,000 in prizes. From March 1 to May 31, Flying South 2017, a publication of Winston-Salem Writers, will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. One of the three winners will receive The WSW President's Favorite award and win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our website: www.wswriters.org/flying-south.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Baltimore Review Summer Contest: Monsters

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is “Monsters.” Monsters on the inside, monsters on the outside, or both. With empathy or antipathy, legendary monsters or monsters from your imagination. Do not be afraid! Submit your poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. All submissions considered for publication. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. For more information, visit our website: www.baltimorereview.org.

Deadline: June 1, 2017

HeartWood Broadside Series Contest

HeartWood Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for its second annual broadside series contest. Submit poetry or flash prose (200 word max); HeartWood & WV Wesleyan Low-Residency MFA are collaborating with WV’s Base Camp Printing to print the winning entry on a limited-edition letterpress broadside. Prize: $500 + 25 copies of broadside. Judge: Maggie Anderson. Fee: $15 (includes copy of winning broadside). Full guidelines can be found at: www.heartwoodlitmag.com/contest/.

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Willow Springs Books invites submissions for the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. The winner receives $2,000 plus publication. To enter, please submit: A book-length manuscript, no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories. Manuscripts should be organized with page numbers and a table of contents. Stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes. Please do not send novels. There is a $27.50 submission fee. We prefer online submissions, through submittable. For more information: willowspringsbooks.org/submit/

Deadline: June 15, 2017

2017 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

Swan Scythe Press, founded by poet Sandra McPherson in 2000, announces its 2017 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. We are accepting submissions from March 1st to June 15th (postmark deadline). Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. The 2016 winner is Lisa Dominguez Abraham for Mata Hari Blows a Kiss. For full guidelines, visit www.swanscythepress.com and swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit.

Deadline: June 16, 2017

Fineline Competition for Prose Poetry and Short Shorts

Mid-American Review's Fineline Competition is open for submissions of prose poetry, short shorts, and everything in between. Winner receives $1000 and publication in Fall 2017 issue. Finalists also considered for publication. 2017 final judge is Diane Seuss, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Four-Legged Girl(Graywolf, 2015). Fee: $10 for 3 entries up to 500 words each. All entrants receive Fall 2017 issue. Full Guidelines: www.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Contests

The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The submission period opens January 1, 2017 and the postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2017. The judges for the 2017 full-length contests are: Alberto Ríos (poetry), Amina Gautier (fiction), and Alison Hawthorne Deming (nonfiction). For more info: www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/.

Deadline: July 31, 2017

2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry

A $1,000 advance will be awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as the only judge. Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Deadline: Midnight Eastern Standard time, July 31, 2017. Winner and finalists announced on or before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Complete information at www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html.