Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in first prizes in their F(r)iction Spring Literary Competition. Winners also considered for publication. Three categories: short stories of any genre, flash fiction, and poetry. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
Entries are invited for the annual Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Theme: LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” First prize: $500. Top stories published in an anthology (book release party/reading at 14th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival March 22-26, 2017). Length: 4000-7000 words. Open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 3, 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.
87 Bedford invites submissions for their inaugural Short Story Contest. Submit short stories 2000-8000 words that are set in a “foreign location.” This setting cannot be within the continent where you currently live, and must be integral to the story. First place: $150+; 2nd place $50+. $3 will be added to both prizes for every initial entry beyond 20. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 28, 2016.
The Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Competition is open for submissions of stories 3000 words or less. First prize: €2000, publication in Southword Journal, and a week at Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat. (If the winner travels to Cork to collect their prize, meals and accommodation provided at the Cork Short Story Festival). Judge: Danielle McLaughlin. Fee: €15 per story. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
The Profane Nonfiction Prize, judged by author and Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore, is open for entries. No theme. Open to flash fiction, essays, journalism, and narratives “that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there.” Fee: $10 for 2 pieces. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
Entries are open for the Bartleby Snopes 8th annual Dialogue Only Contest. First prize: $300 minimum (higher if 50+ entries received). Compose a short story entirely of dialogue — no narration — that delivers a powerful and engaging story. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $10 for unlimited entries. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
PRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up). Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.
The Malahat Review seeks submissions of creative nonfiction to its annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Entries can include: personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography. Looking for work that is enhanced by description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Length: 2000-3000 words. Entry fee: $35 and $45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group invites entries from adults and youth for the 2016 Write on the Lake Contest. First prize: $100. Categories: Poetry (3 pages or 1500 words max), fiction (2500 words max.), and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) Entry fees: Adult – $20 and youth (under 18 years) – $10. Deadline: July 31, 2016.