August Deadlines: 11 Deadlines This Month

July 26, 2023

There may be wildfire warnings for outdoor activities, but it’s perfectly safe to let yourself get fired up about all of these writing opportunities! Take a look, and feel free to fix on your favorite.

FEATURED! Summer Short Story Award for New Writers

Our contest is coming to a close, but it’s not too late! The Masters Review is looking for stories under 6000 words, written by emerging writers who are good with grammar and show finesse with fiction! The winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review, and the runners-up also receive cash prizes, publication, and review. Judged by Jai Chakrabarti! Don’t miss your chance! Details here.

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 27

Granum Foundation Prizes

The Granum Foundation strives to identify and invest in the next generation of boundary-breaking writers and artists, and that could be you! This grant money is meant to provide the writer with the freedom and time to spend on their work. One winner will receive $5000, and up to three finalists will be awarded $500 or more. Applicants need to send in a cover letter, project description, timeline, and a writing sample of the work-in-progress. Check it out!

Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: August 1

Oregon Literary Fellowships

These fellowships are meant to help emerging Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects, whether they are writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or young readers literature! Literary Arts has awarded over 700 authors and publishers since 1987, and dispensed more than $1 million in fellowships and award monies. Submissions require the completed application and a writing sample, in triplicate, and possibly an addendum if they qualify for the Women Writers or Writers of Color fellowships. There’s a fellowship for everyone, so don’t be shy! Specific details here.

Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: August 4

Gival Press Short Story Award

This is the 20th annual award given by Gival Press, to the author of an outstanding and unpublished original stand-alone short story. It is open to writers globally, regardless of publishing history. The winner will be published on the website, and possibly in a future anthology, with a cash award of $1000. More details here.

Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: August 8

Stories That Need to Be Told: The Contest

Presented by TulipTree Press, the best entry for this contest is a submission that truly tells a story. The grand prize is $1000 and a gift certificate for two years of Duotrope. Additional prizes are offered to stories that excel in humor, passion, depth, and love. Entries must be less than 10,000 words, but multiple entries are allowed. Learn more here!

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 9

2023 ½ K Prize

Indiana Review and judge Jasmine Sawers are looking for writers who are sharp, short, and definitely not shy – could that be you? Entries must be less than 500 words, but multiple entries are allowed! All genres are accepted, and first place receives $1000 and guaranteed publication in Indiana Review! Details here.

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 15

2023 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

This is Gulf Coast’s current contest, and they’re looking for a very specific and very succinct sort of entry! Submissions can be flash fiction, prose poems, or micro-essays, but they all need to be less than 500 words. The winner receives $1000 and publication, and it’s judged by Kelly Link! Apply here!

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 31

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

Here is a great chance for writers of all stripes, as Gemini Magazine’s contest is open to any subject, style, or genre! Entries must be unpublished, and the maximum length is 1000 words. The winner receives $1000 and publication. Submission details here.

Entry Fee: $7 Deadline: August 31

Kenneth Patchen Award

If you have an innovative yet unpublished fiction manuscript, you must have been waiting for this contest! The Journal of Experimental Fiction is currently accepting submissions for this prize. An innovative full-length fiction work will be selected, and the winner will receive publication and $1000. Do it!

Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: August 31

2023 Publishing Lab Prize

The University of New Orleans Press is looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year, to bring innovative publicity and broad distribution to authors! The contest is open to all writers, and entries are allowed to be any length and any subject. The winner receives a $10,000 advance and a publishing contract, along with promotion from The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans. Submit here!

Entry Fee: $28 Deadline: August 31

The St. Lawrence Book Award

If you have an unpublished poetry or short story collection, this could be your big break! Black Lawrence Press is currently accepting submissions from any author who has not yet published a full-length collection. The winner will receive book publication, $1000, and 10 copies of the book. Details here.

Entry Fee: $28 Deadline: August 31

by Kimberly Guerin


At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform: typically, writers without published novels or story collections or with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year-round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish craft essays, interviews and book reviews and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.

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