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Deadline: December 1, 2016

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/wy-boyd-literary-award-excellence-military-fiction

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition

Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and get a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. For more information, visit http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Nightboat Books Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by November 15. All entries are considered for publication. For more information, visit http://www.nightboat.org/

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer's actual experiences." Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 2,500 words by November 15. There is no entry fee. For more information, visit http://www.filmbrooklyn.org/

Deadline: November 9, 2016

Narrative 30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee between September 9 and November 9. All entries are considered for publication. For more information, visit http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

Deadline: November 5, 2016

Share A Story In a Poem

Some of the most famous poems told a story. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a good example, as if “Odysseus Decision” by Louise Gluck. Now it is your turn. For this contest we are looking for poems that tell a story. The entrance fee is $9.95, cash prize of $100. For more information, visit http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103335

Deadline: November 1, 2016

John Steinbeck Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.reedmag.org/

Deadline: November 1, 2016

The Jane Lumley Prize

The Jane Lumley Prize will be awarded to poets who have not published more than one full length collection, and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or have published work in literary magazines. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. No entry fee. For more information, visit http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/the-jane-lumley-prize.html

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Elixir Press Poetry Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Jane Satterfield will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. For more information, visit http://elixirpress.com/

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Halloween Horror

Write a horror or thriller story that takes place on Halloween. Entrance fee of $9.95, cash prize of $100. For more information, visit http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103609

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Halloween Poetry Contest

Write a poem that captures the fun, horror or excitement of Halloween. This contest is for poems of all types. $9.95 to enter this and over 50 contests every month. Cash prize of $100. For more information, visit http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103608

Deadline: October 31, 2016

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest

Open prompt flash fiction between 200 and 750 words, in any genre. Anyone in the US can enter. The entry fee ($10) will help support the Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship. The contest is judged by five published authors. First prize is $100. For more information, visit http://jacobsscholarship.weebly.com/writing-contest.html

Deadline: October 31, 2016

Paranormal Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring magic, the supernatural, weird other worldly stories, supernatural entities, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and elements. Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000. For more information, visit http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Raven Short Story Contest

Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches their eyes and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to their nests. Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 2500 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $300 to line your nest! For more information, visit http://pulpliterature.com/contests/the-raven-short-story-contest/