Mark Your Calendars – 10 Deadlines This Month

January 14, 2014

We’re back in the saddle. The Holidays are over and it’s time to get serious about your submissions. Here is a worthy list of lit mags and contests with deadlines this month.

Third Coast Fiction Contest – Winners receive $1000 and publication in the Fall of 2014 for up to 9,000 words of fiction. Guest judge Ramona Ausubel. Submit here. DUE DATE: January 15, 2013. $16 Entry Fee.

H.E. Francis Short Story Competition – Winners receive $2000 for a short story up to 5000 words. Submissions are read by an all-volunteer staff of established writers and editors. More details on submissions available on the website. DUE DATE: January 15, 2013. $20 Entry Fee.

Literal Latte Fiction Awards – Otherwise known as the K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards, this prestigious contest awards $1000 for First Prize, and cash prizes for runners up. All entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2014 to the following address: Literal Latté Awards 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240 New York, NY 10003 . Fiction up to 8000 words is acceptable. Details here. DUE DATE: Postmark January 15, 2013. $10 Entry Fee for one story; $15 for two.

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize – A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages. DUE DATE: January 30, 2014. $25 Entry Fee.

The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction – Sponsored by The Chattahoochee Review, two prizes of $1,000 are awarded to a winning story and essay up to 5,000 words. Winners to be published in the Spring Issue and announced in March. Details here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. $15 Entry Fee.

The Iowa Review Awards – Up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction and 10 pages of poetry will be considered for the prizes of  $1,500 to first place and $750 to runners-up. Winners and runners-up will be published in the 2014 issue. The contest is being judged by Robyn Schiff (poetry), Rachel Kushner (fiction), and David Shields (nonfiction). Submit here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. $20 Entry Fee.

Glimmer Train Standard Story Submission – We all know about Glimmer Train’s contests, which run monthly, but their Standard Submissions category is only open twice a year. Submit fiction and essays with no entry fee. Selected stories area paid $750. Their Very Short Fiction Prize is also running this month. Submission details here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. No Entry Fee.

Crazyhorse Literary Prizes – $2000 is awarded to the winners of the essay, poetry, and fiction categories with guest judges Phillip Lopate, CD Wright and Amy Hempel respectively. Writers are asked to submit up to three poems or 25 pages of prose. All entries are considered for publication. Submit here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. $20 Entry Fee includes a year’s subscription.

New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship – This fellowship is open to emerging writers living in NYC. Submit a short story or a novel excerpt of up to 10,000 words, along with a résumé and proof of New York City residency by January 31 to be considered for a $4000 fellowship and unlimited access to the organization’s Writer’s Studio. Details here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. No Entry Fee.

The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award – Masters Review author Andrew Payton was a 2013 finalist for this prestigious award, which awards ten cash prizes for stories up to 8000 words. Grand Prize winner will receive $3,500, four finalists will each receive $1000, and five runners-up will be awarded $500. No more than two submissions per person and only fiction will be considered. Details on the contest can be found here. DUE DATE: January 31, 2014. No Entry Fee.


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