We’re in the dog days of summer, and motivation can be hard to find. To help you out, here’s a wonderfully ordered list of opportunities all coming up in the month of August. So escape from the summer heat for awhile and sit in the shade of a tree, or in the AC, and crank out those submissions!
Don’t miss your chance to submit to our biggest submission period of the year, which closes in a few short days.We’re looking for stellar stories by emerging writers. The winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review, and the first and second place authors also receive cash prizes, publication, and review. Submit here!
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: July 31
Indiana Review and judge Donika Kelly are looking for writers who are both creative and concise – could that be you? Stories must be less than 500 words, but multiple entries are allowed! Fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are accepted, and first place receives $1000 and guaranteed publication in Indiana Review! Details here.
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: August 1
Meant for new writers who are unfamiliar with the literary establishment, this prize provides financial support, professional mentoring, classes, and public readings to poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction! This 7-month fellowship awards a $1000 stipend, but participants must reside in LA for that period. Applicants need to provide a professional CV, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Learn more here!
Entry Fee: $10 Deadline: August 1
Here is a great opportunity for writers, as Geometry is accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry! Fiction and creative nonfiction can be 8000 words, and poetry is 50 lines. They are looking for original, unpublished, literary work – Interested? Submit here!
Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: August 1
The University of New Orleans Press is looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year, and they are very upfront about their plan! The contest is open to all authors, and entries are allowed to be any length and on any subject. The winner receives $1000 and a publishing contract, along with promotion from The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans. Check it out!
Entry Fee: $18 Deadline: August 15
There are actually three contests offered here, looking for fresh prose and powerful poetry! The judges are Safiya Sinclair for poetry, Rigoberto González for nonfiction, and co-judges Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff for fiction. Submissions may be up to 6000 words, or up to 3 poems, and the winner of each contest receives $500 and publication. Make sure to select the correct contest for your submission! More details here.
Entry Fee: $12 Deadline: August 31
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. More details here.
Entry Fee: $5 Deadline: August 31