What’s your interpretation of monstrosity? In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. Looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature and the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology. Length: 4000 words max. Publication name: Dangerous Creations: Real Life Frankenstein Stories. $10,000 + publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 20, 2017.
Bayou Magazine (US) invites entries for the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Prize: $1000, a year’s subscription, and possible publication in Bayou Magazine. Details: Judge: Myung Mi Kim. Entry fee: $20 for up to three poems. Deadline: January 1, 2017.
Entries for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize are open to writers worldwide. Submit previously unpublished stories on any theme or subject. Length: 4000 words max. First prize: £1,000; 19 other prizes available. Entry fee: £8. Judges: Tania Hershman, Roshi Fernando, Juliet Pickering, and Simon Key. Deadline: May 3, 2017.
Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “adaptation.” Looking for nonfiction narratives by and/or about professionals (scientists, designers, farmers, soldiers, teachers, others) whose work helps other humans (prisoners, refugees, students, others) adapt to a changing world. $3,500 awarded for best essay; all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: January 9, 2017.
Plenitude invites entries for the Cornucopia Literary Prize for fiction, awarded to the best work of previously unpublished fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. Open to writers of any nationality. Prize: $500 plus publication in Plenitude magazine. Length: 3000 words max. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Hiromi Goto. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
Creative Nonfiction (US) and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives for The Dialogue between Science and Religion. Looking for essays that illustrate and explore the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion — the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. First prize: $10,000; runner-up: $5,000. Fee: $20-$25. Deadline: December 12, 2016.
Fire Exit Theatre invites entries for their new play competition Scripts on Fire. The theatre aims to create conversations around faith: what you believe and don’t believe about God and death and life and all that happens in between. Open to full-length plays written by residents of Canada. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
PRISM Magazine (BC) invites entires for the the inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. First prize: $1500 grand prize; $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Max. word count: 6000. Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 15, 2017.