March Deadlines: 10 Awards and Deadlines to Meet This Month

February 27, 2017

Spring is right around the corner and we’re so full of anticipation we can hardly wait! Our advice to you: use what’s left of the shorter days to finish stories and submit. To that end, we’ve compiled some our favorite deadlines in March.

Featured! Masters Review Anthology Submissions

$5000 awarded! It’s that time of year again, The Masters Review is accepting entries for our anthology. Submissions can be fiction or narrative nonfiction, but they need to be less than 8000 words. Ten winners will be selected by guest judge Roxane Gay and published in the sixth volume of The Masters Review, a showcase of emerging writers. Each winner will receive $500. Submit now!
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: March 31

Selected Shorts Flash Contest

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is open for submissions. Judged by our fantastic Volume I judge, Lauren Groff, writers are asked to submit up to 750 words. The winning writer will be published in Electric Literature, $1000, and a free ten-week course with Gotham Writers. A great opportunity for writers of the shorter form. Full details here.
Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: March 1

Atlanta Review Contest Issue

Poets, the Atlanta Review is looking for original and unpublished creative work. Entrants can send in up to ten poems, although the reading fee increases after the first two are submitted. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1000 and publication, but the following twenty winners will also be published! Learn more here.
Entry Fee: $11 Deadline: March 1

National Endowment for the Arts – Creative Writing Fellowship

Given by the National Endowment for the Arts, this fellowship awards $25,000 of grants in fiction and creative nonfiction to published writers. These published works can be anything from short stories to creative essays and novels. Grants are extremely competitive, but it’s a wonderful opportunity. Don’t miss it! Details here.
Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: March 8

Kerouac Project Residency

This is a truly wonderful opportunity, where writers living anywhere in the world can apply for one of the four residencies offered by the Kerouac Project. Each winner gets to stay at Jack Kerouac’s home in Orlando for three months, with a $1000 food stipend, and an offer to interact with workshops and readings in the Orlando area. Details here.
Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: March 12

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Colorado State University sponsors this prize through the Colorado Review, and awards $2000 and publication to the winner. There are no theme restrictions, but entries must be over 2500 words to qualify. Judged by Richard Bausch, all submissions will be considered for publication. More details here.
Entry Fee: $15 Deadline: March 14

Bellingham Review

All three of the Bellingham Review’s contests are ending this month, so enter quickly if you want to receive one of the three $1000 first-place prizes! John DuFresne is judging the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, Robert Cording is judging the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and Julie Marie Wade is judging the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. All of the winners and a selection of the runners up will be published! Submission guidelines here.
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: March 15

Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. Manuscripts should be 45-95 pages in length (poetry) or 120-280 pages in length (fiction). The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication. Full submission details here.
Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: March 31

Annual Editors’ Awards

In this threefold contest offered by The Florida Review, contestants can submit entries for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Not only do the winners each receive $1000 and publication, but all entries are eligible for publication. Make sure to choose the correct category when you submit, and good luck. More details here.
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: March 31

The Hudson Review – Open Submissions

Here is a great opportunity for nonfiction writers, as your work could be published in The Hudson Review! This is the only time they accept unsolicited nonfiction, under 10,000 words, and their “sole criterion is literary quality.” Does that sound like you? Guidelines here.
Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: March 31

by Kimberly Guerin


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