The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers worldwide. First prize: £1000; 19 additional prizes available. Theme and subject open. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: £8 per story. Shortlisted writers published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
The Turnip Truck(s) is interested in the dialectics of the human and its environment(s). Seeking submissions for their second issue and first contest, The Road. Interested in essays, poems, and stories. Welcomes work that addresses anything from a traditional hero’s journey to learning to traverse a foreign land; embraces a new perspective; or navigates the Internet super highway. Reading fee: $3. entry fee: $12. Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016. First prize: US$250. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) published in an anthology; non-prize winning published entries paid US$50 each. Theme: None. Genre: Open to literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. Length: 1500-7000 words. Entry fee: US$10. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
The Freshwater Review (US), an annual journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions. $250 each awarded to best poem and prose piece. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Room Magazine invites entries from writers who identify as women or genderqueer for their annual creative nonfiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: March 8, 2016.
Don’t Talk To Me About Love invites entries for their first literary contest. First prize: $1000 plus manuscript review. Open to fiction and nonfiction (2000 words max.) and poetry (75 lines max.). Looking for exploration on what love means to you, whether romantic, platonic, parental, or otherwise. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: February 14, 2016.
Passages is an annual poetry and short fiction competition hosted by Carleton University. This year’s theme: “Encounters with Technology.” Age categories: under 18 and 18+. Canadian and international entries welcome. Entry fee: $10. First and second-place winners featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2016 by In/Words Magazine and Press; also cash and books. Deadline: February 19, 2016.
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award (US) is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Prize: $500. Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Tethered By Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction Winter Writing Contests. Three categories: short story (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction (up to 750 words), and poetry (max of three pages per poem). Encourages work that takes risks in theme, content, or aesthetic. Their motto: Publish Weird. Winners published in F(r)iction, (trianually-printed). All finalists will receive free professional editing on their submission and will be considered for later publication. Prizes of US$1000 – short story, US$300 – flash fiction, US$300 (USD) – poetry. Entry fees: $10-18. Deadline: March 31, 2016.