March Deadlines: 12 Contests and Prizes Available This Month

February 23, 2024

The world is getting a little brighter, and every day is now longer than the last! Put that extra time to good use, and get your submissions ready to send out to one of these contests.

FEATURED The Masters Review Featured Flash Contest

In 2024, we want to continue to feature your remarkable flash prose in our magazine! Submissions can be Flash (less than 1,000 words) or Sudden (between 1,000 and 1,500 words), and the winners of each category will receive $1,500 and online publication. Two runners up will also receive $300 and online publication. This contest is judged by our editorial staff, and they will be looking for entries that surprise and dazzle them! Check it out!

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: March 31

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Here’s an opportunity for your short story to be more than just words on a page, when it could be read aloud by stars of stage and screen! Sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts, the winning submission will be performed and recorded live, receive $1,000, and win a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers. Stories can be on any theme, as long as they are less than 750 words, and the contest is judged by the talented Carmen Maria Machado! Let’s go!

Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: March 1

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

This is a golden opportunity for any student finishing up their MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15! If that’s you, then here is your chance to receive a nine-month fellowship that includes a stipend of $40,000, generous health benefits, and several teaching assignments. It is also important that applicants have not published more than one book. Applications must include a resume and a writing sample. Apply here!

Entry Fee: $50 Deadline: March 1

Bellingham Review Contests

All three of the Bellingham Review’s contests are ending this month, so begin writing now if you want to receive one of the three $1,000 first-place prizes! Cleo Qian is judging the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, Luther Hughes is judging the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and Emilly Prado 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: $15 Deadline: March 15

First Novel Fellowship

Created in honor of the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity, the James Jones  Literary Society will award $12,000 for a novel-in-progress by an unpublished US author. There should be a celebration of honesty, determination, and insight into cultural and social issues in each application. Submissions must include a two-page synopsis and a 50-page excerpt from the manuscript. Details here!

Entry Fee: $33 Deadline: March 15

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

This is a unique chance for any author who feels the need for unparalleled solitude while working on their current project! In return for an hour a day of maintenance, the resident receives a $3,500 stipend and the use of a comfortable house in the Rogue River backcountry of southwestern Oregon for up to 7 months. Applications need to include a brief resume, a 20-page writing sample, and a letter explaining your suitability for the experience. Learn more here!

Entry Fee: $30 Deadline: March 15

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Journal is looking to publish the best collection of short prose written this year, and they are very upfront about their plan! The contest, judged by Thao Thai, is open to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, and entries must be less than 350 pages. The winner receives $1,500 and a publishing contract from The Ohio State University Press. Details here!

Entry Fee: $23 Deadline: March 15

Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize Contest

This is an opportunity for all living writers, writing in English, who just so happen to have an unpublished manuscript in poetry or fiction! Poetry manuscripts ought to be at least 50 pages long, while fiction manuscripts ought to be at least 150 pages long. Winners will receive $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Submit here!

Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: March 15

Winter Story Contest

This contest from Narrative is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers, writing anything from short stories and memoirs, to essays and literary nonfiction! The entries need to be less than 15,000 words and previously unpublished, while containing a strong narrative drive and intense insights. First prize is $2,500, second is $1,000, and third is $500. Guidelines here.

Entry Fee: $27 Deadline: March 28

2024 Creative Nonfiction Prize

This is a call to all writers, who think that their work can make the cut! The winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries receive a year-long subscription to the journal, and all entries are considered for publication. Submissions should be less than 5,000 words, but there are no restrictions on theme or subject. Judged by Lars Horn. Learn more here.

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: March 31

The Hudson Prize

If you have an unpublished poetry or short story collection, this could be your big break! Black Lawrence Press is currently accepting submissions from new, emerging, and established authors. The winner will receive book publication, $1,000, and 10 copies of the book. Details here.

Entry Fee: $28 Deadline: March 31

Prime Number Magazine Awards

With an emphasis on brevity, this contest for poetry and short fiction is meant to be a challenge! Make sure to note that the short story limit is 5,300 words, as a nod to their parent organization Press 53. Judged by Maya J. Sorini and Dennis McFadden (for poetry and short fiction, respectively), the first-place winner in each category receives $1,000 and publication in Prime Number Magazine! Enter here.

Entry Fee: $15 Deadline: March 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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