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Deadline: August 31, 2017

9th Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

Surprise us. Shock us. Make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! Grand prize: $1,000. Second prize: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. Low entry fee of $5 ($4 for each additional entry). Any subject, style, or genre. Except for the word limit, we have no rules and are open to your most creative short short fiction. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini. Check out any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists to see the wide variety of flash fiction we have published.

Deadline: September 3, 2017

2017 concīs Pith of Prose & Poem Contest

We are pleased to invite submissions for our 2nd annual no-fee contest! As always, concīs seeks work of power and brevity—the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious—regardless of genre. Prizes include immense satisfaction, $250/$150/$100 $50 cash awards and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital Seasonal anthology). One entry per author containing up to two unpublished poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose under 250 words or 25 lines. Full guidelines, advice, past winning work and submission links can be found at:

Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. All entrants to the Barthelme Prize receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the year in which the corresponding prize winner is published. This year's judge is Roxane Gay. For more information:

Deadline: September 30, 2017

13th Annual Mudfish Poetry Prize

The 2017 Mudfish Poetry Prize will be judged by Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winner for his book of poems, Failure. First place receives $1200 and publication in Mudfish with two honorable mentions also receiving publication. Up to three poems can be submitted for $20 with each additional poem being $3. Mail submissions with a SASE to Mudfish Poetry Prize, 184 Franklin St., Ground Fl., New York, NY 10013. All entries considered for publication. See website for full guidelines:

Deadline: October 1, 2017

American Literary Review 2017 Annual Writing Contests

Announcing the American Literary Review’s Annual Writing Awards are open for submissions through October 1st. Send us your best work in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. $1,000.00 will be awarded to writers in each genre. Complete guidelines are at

Deadline: October 2, 2017

The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

The Missouri Review's 2017 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: November 1, 2017

2017 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest

The 2017 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest is now open for submissions! Submit 12-20 pages of poetry through our submissions manager or to our PO Box. The final judge for the 2017 competition is Heather McNaugher. Winner receives publication and $1,000. For more information please view our submission guidelines: Coal Hill Review is an imprint of Autumn House Press.