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May Deadlines: 15 Lit Mags & Contests with Deadlines This Month

It’s finally feeling like spring, and the world is full of green growing things. Now it’s your turn to create something new, and send it off to one of these amazing events!

FEATURED The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest

Never before has each word in a submission been worth so much…You might be limited to 1000 words, but the winner will be rewarded with 3000 dollars! Second and third place receive $200 and $100, respectively, and all stories are considered for publication. We’re only looking for previously unpublished stories, but you’re allowed both simultaneous and multiple submissions. Don’t miss it!
Entry Fee: $20 for 2 stories Deadline: May 31

FEATURED Frontier Poetry Industry Prize

If ever there was a time to shine and polish your most magnificent poem, this is it! This prize allows submitters the chance to be read by astoundingly influential people; this year it’s Don Share, Nicole Sealey, and Matt Zapruder. They will collaborate to choose one winning poem, and that winner receives $3000 and publication (Second and third place receive $200 and $100 respectively). Check it out!
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: May 15

Creative Nonfiction Grants

The Whiting Foundation offers a helping hand to authors in the midst of completing a book-length work of nonfiction for a general, not academic, audience by awarding up to eight grants of $40,000. They welcome submissions such as works on history, biography, the sciences, philosophy, travel writing, and even personal essays, but these projects must be under contract to a publisher in the United States. Work must have been ongoing for two years, to ensure that the author can identify upcoming challenges, but any applicants who fulfill all the requirements already know that this is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss out!
Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: May 2

Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

This amazing prize is available through Duke University, and it’s based on the collaboration between photographer Dorothea Lange and writer Paul Taylor. They’re looking for extended projects that rely on combining words and images, up to eighteen images and fifteen pages! Applications must include a project description, a statement, and a biography. The winner will receive $10,000, a feature story, and their work will be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. More details here.
Entry Fee: $70 Deadline: May 15

Emerging Writer’s Contest

Ploughshares is now focusing on their commitment to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers, so there’s no better time to submit! This contest is meant to celebrate emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, awarding $2000 and publication to the winners of each category. Carmen Maria Machado is judging fiction, Roxane Gay is judging nonfiction, and Roger Reeves is judging poetry. Guidelines here.
Entry Fee: $24 Deadline: May 15

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

If you have a poem to share, Ruminate wants to read it! Judged by the impressive poet Ilya Kaminsky, the first-place prize is $1500 and publication. Each submission is only two poems, 40 lines or less, but there are no limits on the number of entries per person. Submit here.
Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: May 15

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

Natasha Trethewey is judging this contest for The Georgia Review, and they are looking for a masterful poem! The final winner will receive $1000 and publication, but all submitted poems will be considered for publication (at $4 a line). Learn more here.
Entry Fee: $15 Deadline: May 15

Prophecy Creek Book Award in Speculative Fiction

If you write your fiction with a futuristic or supernatural bent, this is the contest you’ve been waiting for! Hidden River Press is looking for an original unpublished work of speculative fiction, and the winner will receive $1000 and publication. Make a note that submissions need to include a brief biography, outline, and full synopsis along with the full manuscript! More details here.
Entry Fee: $22 Deadline: May 15


October Deadlines: 10 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

There is nothing like cozying up with a few submissions as the autumn leaves begin to fall. October is a busy month for literary magazine contests, and here are some that you won’t want to miss.


The American Literary Review

The American Literary Review is awarding $1,000 apiece and publication in the Spring 2017 issue to a story, a poem, and an essay! Get those entries in fast. More details here.

Entry Fee: $15 Deadline: October 1

Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Contest

This is a big one. You have just a few short days to polish up those stories of 5,000 words or fewer and submit them to the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest, which is now in its twentieth year. The guest judge is Anthony Marra. The first-place story wins $1,000; the second- and third-prize winners are awarded $500 and $250 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions receive agency review. Do it!

Entry Fee: $20 Deadline: October 1

The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize

Another huge fall contest! Entries to the 26th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from The Missouri Review close right as October begins. Winners in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories each receive $5,000, publication, and an invitation to a reception and reading. Don’t miss it.

Entry Fee: $22 Deadline: October 1

StoryQuarterly Annual Fiction Prize

StoryQuarterly, the literary magazine run out of Rutgers University Camden, is accepting submissions to its annual fiction prize through the middle of the month. The winner receives publication and $1,000. Writers can submit up to 6,250 words. Judged by Alexander Chee! Submit here.

Entry Fee: $15 Deadline: October 15

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest

Do you have a longer nonfiction manuscript that is ready to (gasp!) send out for consideration? Then let us suggest the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Contest. The winner receives $1,000 and publication of their manuscript by The University of New Mexico Press. Entries of up to 400 pages will be considered. More details here.

Entry Fee: $25 (hard-copy submission); $27 (online submission) Deadline: October 31

Truman State T. S. Eliot Prize

Calling all poets with manuscripts! The winner of the Truman State T. S. Eliot Prize earns $2,500 and publication for their book-length collection. What are you waiting for? Submit here.

Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: October 31

Indiana Review Fiction Prize

The Indiana Review Fiction Prize awards $1,000 and publication to the best short story. Did we mention that this year’s judge is Aimee Bender? Submit your fiction by All Hallows’ Eve. Submission guidelines here.

Entry Fee: $20 (includes a yearlong subscription) Deadline: October 31

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

The end of October marks the deadline for Glimmer Train’s triannual Short Story Award for New Writers. $2,500 and publication is awarded to the winning short story by an emerging writer. Check out the details.

Entry Fee: $18 Deadline: October 31

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award honors a book of fiction published during each calendar year with a prize of $15k. Four finalists receive $5,000 and bragging rights. Submissions are open to story collections, novellas, or novels published in 2016. This years’ judges are Sigrid Nunez, Chris Abani, and Chantel Acevedo. More information here.

Entry Fee: FREE Deadline: October 31

Ooligan Press Write to Publish Flash Fiction Contest

Ooligan Press is seeking submissions of less than 1000 words for their 2017 Write to Publish flash fiction contest! This contest is open to all writers, but the submission must be original and can not have been previously published. Only one submission per person allowed. What’s more? The winner earns $50 and we are acting as judge and will publish the winning story on our site! More information here.

Entry Fee: $10 Deadline: October 31