It was getting a bit busy so I decided to start fresh. However, I recommend visiting the original page for publisher, contest, award, project etc. information and for some tips/advice on submitting/applying. This includes information re protecting your work – links to articles like this one. I won’t repeat it all here but it’s still relevant.
This page will be dedicated to upcoming deadlines and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. Fair warning, I’ll be going for some of these as well.
February 15th 2016 – Epiphany magazine contest to award $400 & 5 contributor copies to the winner; runners up will be awarded $100 & 5 contributor copies. Work must be previously unpublished, online or print
•Prose: 10k words max
•Poetry: 20 page max, all forms welcome
•Reading Fee: $15
Go here to submit.
February 15th 2016 – deadline for submission of a personal essay to the Long Island Lit Fest. The winner gets to present at the Festival. There is an entry; details here.
February 17th 2016 – Go here for entry information, writing tips and more re the 2016 season of the Wadadli Pen Challenge
March 1st 2016 – Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria (June 9th to 13th 2016) – Details here.
March 6th 2016 – Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing – first prize £7,500 to be awarded during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival at the Old Bank Hotel in April 2016 – quite competitive, attracting over 450 entries – Fiction or fact – Food and Drink has to be at the heart of the tale. Submissions accepted from anywhere in the world – authors can be published or unpublished but the entry must be previously unpublished – the story should be up to 2, 500 words and must be written in English – Entries should be submitted by email as a Word document to email@example.com by March 6th 2016, midnight GMT (one submission per person). Entrants should also supply their home address, email and telephone number. The shortlist of four will be selected by March 17th with the winner decided on by March 29th 2016.
March 11th 2016 – the BBC National Short Story Award with Book Trust. Read more.
March 13th 2016 – The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a welcome potluck dinner, and a reading of your work at the Kerouac House. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community. Read more.
November 1st 2015 – March 15th 2016 – You can apply, during this period for the Breadloaf in Sicily workshop. There’s a US$30 application fee and you’ll need to submit up to 6,000 words of fiction or non-fiction and up to eight pages of poetry with your application. Apply early, they say, space is limited; a US$300 deposit will be required on acceptance. I believe the total fee comes in at just under US$3,000. The things the fee covers includes the conference program, transfer to and from Palermo Airport, six nights of lodging, three meals daily (except for Wednesday), wine reception at the readings, and an excursion to the ancient ruins of Segesta. Accommodations are single rooms with private bath. Breakfast and lunch are served at the hotel and dinner is available at select restaurants in Erice (an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily). An auditor option without a manuscript is also available for a slightly lesser fee. Other details here.
April 2016 – submissions open for a debut children’s fiction contest, inspired by the life and legacy of Mildred D. Taylor, author of Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14. Keep checking here for details.
July 16th 2016
October 16 2015 to April 15 2016 – TriQuarterly welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short drama, video essays, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. They also welcome short-short prose pieces. They ask that poets submit no more than six poems between per cycle, and that prose authors limit their total submission to fewer than 3,500 words. They are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. TriQuarterly pays honoraria for creative work and publishes two issues a year. Read more.
April 15th 2016 – The New Zealand Government is offering scholarships for students starting full-time postgraduate degree programmes in 2016. Scholarships are available for national of African Commonwealth countries, Africa – non-Commonwealth countries, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean Commonnwealth countries and Caribbean non-Commonnwealth countries. Read more.
April 30th 2016 – Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for one book-length poetry collection and one book-length work of fiction. The editors will judge. POETRY: Poets at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript of no more than 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. FICTION: Fiction writers at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript (no page limit) with a $25 entry fee by April 30. All manuscripts are read blind. Strip your manuscript of all identifying material, including title pages, dedications, and acknowledgements; otherwise, the manuscript will not be considered. Contest winners will be announced in summer 2016. Here’s where you go to submit.
May 1st – June 30th 2016 (and every year) -The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. It’s open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible. Stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or in book form as part of an anthology are eligible. Other details here.
May 31st – the One Story submission cycle is actually September 1st to May 31st; so if you don’t have anything for this cycle, you can start working on the next. They’re seeking literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words – any style, any subject; but make it good because you only get one shot. They pay US$500 and 25 contributor copies for first serial North American rights, with all other rights reverting to the author on publication. Stories must be previously unpublished – this includes online publication, though stories published in print outside of the US will be considered. Other details here.
June 30th 2016 – Autumn House Press non-fiction contest; the winner will receive publication of a full length manuscript and US$2,500. Read more.
September 23rd 2016 – the Manchester Fiction Prize – £10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit). Read more.
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