March Deadlines: 10 Contests and Lit Mags With Deadlines This Month

March 3, 2016

In like a lion, out like that piece you’ve been working on long enough. Here are upcoming submission deadlines for March 2016.

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The Masters Review Anthology

Of course we’re excited to announce our open submissions for this year’s collection of ten emerging writers, The Masters Review Volume V, selected this year by Amy Hempel. Anyone who has not published a novel at the time of submissions is free to submit. The ten winning writers will have their stories or essays published in our printed work and receive $500 each. Submit up to 7,000 words.
Click here for The Masters Review guidelines.
Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

THRESHOLDS Feature Competition

THRESHOLDS, the online forum supporting writers dedicated to the short story, is calling for feature essays that either profile a short story author or recommend a short story, collection, or anthology. First place is awarded £500, two runners up £100.
Click here for THRESHOLDS Feature Competition guidelines.

Entry fee: Free! Deadline: March 6, 2016.

Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Nonfiction writers, the magazine’s “Siblings” issue closes to submissions, so submit your essays up to 4,500 words. According to their guidelines, “Essays should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning.”
Click here for Creative Nonfiction‘s “Siblings” guidelines.
Submission fee: $3. Deadline: March 7, 2016.

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships – Poetry

The NEA Literature Fellowships program awards $25,000 grants in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to published creative writers on a two-year cycle. This year, they are granting fellowships in poetry. Grants are meant to enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
Click here for NEA Fellowship Guidelines.
Entry fee: Free! Deadline: March 9, 2016.

The Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

This annual prize gives one writer $2,000 and publication in the Fall/Winter issue of The Colorado Review. This year’s judge is Gish Jen. Stories must be at least ten pages (or 2,500 words) but no more than 50 pages (12,500 words).
Click here for the Nelligan Prize Guidelines.
Entry fee: $15 Deadline: March 14, 2016.

Bellingham Review Literary Contests

Three $1,000 prizes are awarded in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction with judges Sybil Baker, Daniel Tobin, and Joy Castro respectively. Submit up to 6,000 words of a story or essay or up to three poems. All winners are also awarded publication.
Click here for Bellingham Review literary contest guidelines.
Entry fee: $20 ($30 for international). Deadline: March 15, 2016.

Florida Review Editors’ Awards

Three awards in fiction, essay, and poetry will earn publication and $1,000. Judges this year are Denise Duhamel (poetry), Mark Wisniewski (fiction), and Ira Sukrungruang (creative nonfiction). Submit up to 25 pages of prose or 5 poems.
Click here for the Florida Review‘s Editors’ Awards guidelines.
Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

Narrative’s Winter Short Story Contest

Narrative is looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, and all forms of literary nonfiction. Winners receive $2,500, $1,00, $500 for first, second, and third prizes, and ten finalists will receive $100. All submissions are considered for publication.
Click here for Narrative Winter Short Story Contest guidelines.
Entry fee: $24. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

Indiana Review Poetry Prize

The Indiana Review is currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Poetry Prize. Camille Rankine judges this year’s contest, and the winner receives $1,000 and publication.
Click here for Indiana Review Poetry Prize guidelines.
Entry fee: $20. Deadline: April 1, 2016.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest – Opens

Submit up to 6,000 words for a chance at $1,000 and publication. The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.
Click here for Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest guidelines.
Entry fee: $24. Open for submissions: March 1, 2016. Deadline: May 15, 2016.



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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