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Requirements
2003
Scribendi Editorial Services
September 15
Fiction up to 3000 words. $10 entry fee. First prize of $5000, second and third prizes of $500 and $50.
Preservation Foundation
September 30
General or travel nonfiction, 1500 to 5000 words. First prize of $100.
Bellwether Prize
October 1
Unpublished novel supporting social change, at least 80,000 words long. $25 entry fee. First prize of $25,000 and publication.
Boston Review
October 1
Short story. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000.
Rosebud
October 1
Short, imaginative fiction up to 3500 words. $10 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication.
Zoetrope
October 1
Fiction up to 5000 words. $15 entry fee. First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $500 and $250.
Indiana Review
October 6
Fiction up to 35 pages. $15 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication.
Missouri Review
October 15
Prose up to 25 pages or poetry up to 10 pages. $15 fee per entry. First prize of $2000 in each category.
Writers' Journal
October 20
Fiction up to 1500 words, beginning with He approached slowly.... $3 entry fee. Winners will be published.
Dana Awards
October 31
Short fiction up to 10,000 words, group of five poems, first 50 pages of novel, or portfolio. Entry fees enumerated on site. First prize of $3000 in portfolio category, $1000 for each other category.
Kalliope
November 1
Less than 50 lines of poetry by a woman. Entry fees of $4 per poem or three poems for $10. Grand prize of $1000.
The Writers' Union of Canada
November 3
Short prose, 2500 words or less. Entrants must be Canadian. $25 entry fee. Prize of $2500. (Both figures Canadian currency.)
Fish Publishing
November 30
Fiction up to 5000 words. $12 entry fee. Grand prize of $1200 and publication.
Ohio State University Press
November 30
Short story or novella collection, 150-300 typed pages. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1500 and publication.
Writers' Journal
December 20
Fiction up to 1500 words, beginning with Oh, by the way.... $3 entry fee. Winners will be published.
Whim's Place
December 30
Flash fiction up to 500 words. Entry fee of $5. Submit using entry form. First prize of $250, second and third prizes of $200 and $100, eight honorable mentions of $50 each.
Birmingham-Southern College Writing Today
December 30
Fiction, up to 5000. $10 entry fee. Prizes up to $5000, website vague on amounts.
Birmingham-Southern College Writing Today
December 30
Poetry, up to 50 lines. $10 entry fee. Prizes up to $5000, website vague on amounts.
Whim's Place
December 30
Flash fiction up to 500 words. Entry fee of $5. Submit using entry form. First prize of $250, second and third prizes of $200 and $100, eight honorable mentions of $50 each.
The Adirondack Review
December 31
Previously unpublished short story. $8 entry fee. First prize of $500, honorable mentions of $50.
Short Publications
December 31
Short fiction up to 5000 words by unpublished writer. $15 entry fee. First prize of $300 and publication, second and third prizes of $150 and $50 with publication.
Writers of the Future
December 31
Less than 17,000 words of SF/F/H (with fantastic elements). First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $750 and $500.
2004
ByLine Magazine
January 5
Free verse, any length. $3 entry fee. First prize of $40, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Broken Umbrella Press, Anubis Award
January 15
A horror novel. Entry fee of $25 for online entries. Grand prize of $500 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
January 15
Personal essay, up to 1200 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $50, second and third prizes of $30 and $20.
Glimmer Train Press
January 15
Fiction, any length. $15 entry fee. Enter at form on website. First prize of $2000 and publication; second and third prizes of $1000 and $600.
Literal Latte
January 15
Fiction, up to 6000 words. $10 entry fee. First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $300 and $200.
Writers' Journal
January 30
Fiction up to 2000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $50, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Iowa Review
January 31
Up to 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry. $15 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 in each category.
New Millennium Writings Awards
January 31
Prose up to 6000 words, or up to three poems. $17 entry fee per item. Use entry form on website. Grand prize of $1000 in each category.
Carve Magazine
February 1
Short fiction up to 8500 words. $15 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000.
The First Line
February 1
300- to 3000-word story beginning with the line, There were five of them, which was two more than I'd been expecting. A copy and $5 payment if published. Include two- or three-sentence biography with submission.
Author Mania
February 14
Short fiction up to 5000 words. $20 entry fee. First prize of $2000, second and third prizes of $1000 and $300, seven honorable mentions of $100.
ByLine Magazine
February 20
Short article, up to 1500 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $40, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Writers' Journal
February 20
Fiction up to 1500 words, beginning with The phone was still dead.... $3 entry fee. Winners will be published.
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
February 28
Book-length collection of poetry, short stories, or essays, or a novel. Contest opens January 1. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $4000 for poetry, $2000 for each prose category.
New Century Writer
February 28
Fiction up to 10,000 words. $10 entry fee. First prize of $1500, second and third prizes of $750 and $500, seven honorable mentions of $100.
Hemispheres Magazine
March 1
Parody of either Hemingway or Faulkner, up to 500 words. Grand prize in each category is a trip, to Memphis for Faulkner or Italy for Hemingway.
SpecFicWorld.com
March 15
SF/F/Horror up to 10,000 words. $6 entry fee. First prize of $150 and publication, second, third, and fourth prizes of $100, $50, and $25 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
March 20
Character sketch, up to 500 words. $4 entry fee. First prize of $40, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Whim's Place
March 30
Flash fiction up to 500 words. Entry fee of $5. Submit using entry form. First prize of $250, second and third prizes of $200 and $100, eight honorable mentions of $50 each.
Glimmer Train Press
March 31
Fiction, up to 12000 words. $12 entry fee. Enter at form on website. First prize of $1200 and publication; second and third prizes of $500 and $300.
BOMB Magazine
April 1
Fiction up to 20 double-spaced pages. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication.
WinningWriters.com
April 1
Seriously bad poetry. No entry fee. First prize of $817.70, second and third prizes of $132 and $57.95.
ByLine Magazine
April 5
Flash fiction, up to 1000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $60, second and third prizes of $30 and $20.
Bulwer-Lytton
April 15
A really, really bad first sentence. Check out previous entries for sheer entertainment value.
Writers' Journal
April 20
Fiction up to 1500 words, beginning with The game was over, and.... $3 entry fee. Winners will be published.
ByLine Magazine
April 30
General poetry, up to 2000 words. $3 entry fee. First prize of $60, second and third prizes of $30 and $15.
Donard Publishing
April 30
Fiction up to 20,000 words. Contest limited to 100 submissions total. $15 entry fee. Grand prize of 2000.
Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry
April 30
Fiction up to 7500 words or poetry: one long poem or 3-10 shorter poems. $20 entry fee. First prize in each category of $2000 and publication, second prize of $1000 and publication.
The Purple Pen
April 30
500- to 1500-word story beginning with, Hank waited impatiently in the drizzling rain for his taxi to arrive; he carefully gripped his battered old suitcase, protective of its secrets... $15 entry fee. First prize of $5000, 5 honorable mentions of $100.
Writecorner Press
April 30
Fiction up to 3000 words. $15 entry fee. First prize of $1100, editor's choice award of $100.
The First Line
May 1
300- to 3000-word story beginning with the line, "Why are you always so cynical?" A copy and $5 payment if published. Include two- or three-sentence biography with submission.
Word Smitten
May 1
Flash fiction, up to 500 words. $10 entry fee. Grand prize of $150 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
May 5
New-talent short fiction, up to 5000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $50, subsequent prizes of $35, $25, and $15.
ByLine Magazine
May 20
Personal memoir, up to 1000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $60, second and third prizes of $30 and $20.
Writers' Journal
May 30
Fiction up to 2000 words. $7 entry fee. First prize of $300, second and third prizes of $100 and $50.
WinningWriters.com
May 31
Poetry on theme of war, up to 500 lines. $10 entry fee. First prize of $1000 and publication, second and third prizes of $500 and $250 and publication, ten honorable mentions of $50 each.
Boston Review
June 1
Poetry, up to 10 pages. $15 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
June 5
Short fiction, up to 2000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $70, second and third prizes of $35 and $20.
Literal Latte
June 7
Short fiction, up to 2000 words. $10 entry fee. Grand prize of $500.
Whim's Place
June 30
Flash fiction up to 500 words. Entry fee of $5. Submit using entry form. First prize of $250, second and third prizes of $200 and $100, eight honorable mentions of $50 each.
Writers of the Future
June 30
Less than 17,000 words of SF/F/H (with fantastic elements). First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $750 and $500.
Word Smitten
July 1
Short story, exactly 1010 words (excluding title). $15 entry fee. Grand prize of $1010 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
July 5
Short fiction, up to 5000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $70, second and third prizes of $35 and $20.
Literal Latte
July 19
Poetry, up to 2000 words. $10 entry fee. First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $300 and $200.
Glimmer Train Press
July 31
Short fiction, up to 2000 words. $10 entry fee. Enter at form on website. First prize of $1200 and publication; second and third prizes of $500 and $300.
New Century Writer
July 31
Novel or novella excerpt, 60 pages at most. $30 entry fee. First prize of $1500, second and third prizes of $750 and $500, seven honorable mentions of $100.
New Century Writer
July 31
Poetry, up to 100 lines per poem. $3 entry fee. First prize of $300, second and third prizes of $150 and $75, seven honorable mentions of $25.
The First Line
August 1
300- to 3000-word story beginning with the line, I was born Rosa Carlotta Silvana Grisanti, but in the mid-Eighties, I legally changed my name to Eve. A copy and $5 payment if published. Include two- or three-sentence biography with submission.
ByLine Magazine
August 20
Creative nonfiction, up to 2000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $40, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
University of North Texas Press Katherine Ann Porter Prize
August 29
Fiction collection between 100 and 200 pages. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Moxie Films
August 31
Screenplay, 75-130 pages. $40 entry fee (Less if you enter early, more if you enter late). Must be accompanied by forms available from website. First prize of $3000, second and third prizes of $1000 and $500, seven honorable mentions of $200 each. All winners will be considered for production.
Moxie Films
August 31
Stageplay, up to three acts. $40 entry fee (Less if you enter early, more if you enter late). Must be accompanied by forms available from website. First prize of $2000, second and third prizes of $500 and $250, seven honorable mentions of $100 each. All winners will be considered for production.
Literal Latte
September 20
Essay, up to 6000 words. $10 entry fee. First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $300 and $200.
ByLine Magazine
September 30
Poetry, formal structure. $3 entry fee. First prize of $40, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
Glimmer Train Press
September 30
Fiction, up to 12,000 words. $12 entry fee. Enter at form on website. First prize of $1200 and publication; second and third prizes of $500 and $300.
Writers of the Future
September 30
Less than 17,000 words of SF/F/H (with fantastic elements). First prize of $1000, second and third prizes of $750 and $500.
Boston Review
October 1
Fiction up to 4000 words. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication.
ByLine Magazine
October 5
Flash fiction under 1000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $50, second and third prizes of $30 and $15.
Science Fiction Writers of Earth
October 30
SF/F short story between 2000 and 7500 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $200, second and third prizes of $100 and $50.
Writer Works
October 30
Travel-related prose up to 6000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $300, second and third prizes of $200 and $100.
The New Writer
October 31
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of varying lengths; many contests. 4-10 entry fee. Enter using entry form on website. Prizes vary by category; highest is 300.
The First Line
November 1
300- to 3000-word story beginning with the line, The inside was dark. A copy and $5 payment if published. Include two- or three-sentence biography with submission.
ByLine Magazine
November 5
New-talent short story, up to 5000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $50, second and third prizes of $35 and $25.
University of North Texas Press Vassar Miller Prize
November 15
Poetry collection between 50 and 80 pages. $20 entry fee. Grand prize of $1000 and publication, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.
ByLine Magazine
November 20
Personal experience essay, up to 2000 words. $5 entry fee. First prize of $45, second and third prizes of $25 and $15.

Here is a good list of other screenwriting contests. Here is a contest list with a majority of romance contest listings.


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