Entries are open for Arc’s 2017 Poem of the Year Contest. First prize: $5000. Length: 100 lines max.Shortlist of 10 to 12 poems will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Shortlisted poems receive paid publication. Open to international entrants. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Ruminate Magazine invites entries for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. First prize: $1500 plus publication. Open to all genres of fiction. Length: 5500 words max. Entry fee: $20 (includes copy of Ruminate) per story. Deadline: February 15, 201.
Attention female-identifying writers in Nova Scotia aged 12-18. Entries are invited for the New Horizons, New Challenges: Girls Making a Difference Girls 2017 Literary Competition (sponsored by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice at Mount Saint Vincent University). First prize: $100 plus publication in Understorey Magazine. Theme: Power – Who has it? Who needs it? What do we do to get it? Submissions must tell a story using the techniques of literary poetry or prose. Length: 1500 words max. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
New deadline. 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: February 6, 2017.
Entries are invited for the Don’t Talk To Me About Love Poetry Contest. First prize: $1000. Looking for poetry that explores love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and more. Entry fee: $20 (for 1-3 poems). Deadline: February 14, 2017.
The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1000 each. Submit a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Entry fee: $40 US. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Bayou Magazine invites entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Prize: $1000, a year’s subscription, and possible publication. Submit fiction 7500 words max. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Fee: $20 (includes a contest issue).
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.
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.
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.