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Deadline: October 1, 2016

Diode Editions Full Length Book & Chapbook Contest: Poetry

Entries will be accepted between June 10 and October 1st, 2016. A winner, will be announced by October 15, 2016 (We may publish more than one book and chapbook). The winning book(s) will be published by February 1st, and will be launched at the 2017 AWP Conference in Washington, DC (February 8-11). Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations. For submission guidelines:

Deadline: October 1, 2016

$5,000 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize from the Missouri Review

The Missouri Review's 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize is now open for submissions. $5,000 and publication for the prize-winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Writers of the winning submissions will be invited to a reception in their honor. Learn more and enter here:

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