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February Writing Contests

American Poetry Journal Book Prize – Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Entry fee:  $30 for non-members. $20 for members

  • Poetry Collection: $5,500 cash and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press, Judge: Joy Harjo
  • Short Fiction Collection: $5,500 cash and publication by University of Massachusetts,  Judge: Jaime Manrique
  • Creative Nonfiction: $2,500 cash and publication by University of Georgia Press, Judge: John Phillip Santos
  • Donald Hall Prize for Poetry:  $5,500 & publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press,  Judge: Joy Harjo
  • AWP Prize for Novel:  $2500 cash and publication by New Issues Press, Judge: Mary Gaitskill
  • Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction: $5,500 and publication by University of Massachusetts Press, Judge: Jaime Manrique

Deadline: March 1st Before submitting your manuscript to the AWP Award Series, please be sure to read the contest entry guidelines on our website. By submitting to our contest, you agree to all terms and entry requirements. The decision of the judge is final. If a judge deems no manuscript deserving of the award, no winner may be selected. If you win in any genre, you agree to enter into a contract with the participating press and also agree not to use a literary agent or renegotiate the terms of the contract.


Dream Horse Press – Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
Entry fee:  $27 (reading fee)
Prizes:$1,000 cash and publication by Dream Horse Press
Deadline:  February 28th (postmark)/March 5th (electronic)

To enter, submit 50-65 paginated pages of poetry, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email address for results (No SASEs; manuscripts will be recycled).  The winner will receive $1000, publication, and 20 copies. All entries will be considered for publication. All styles are welcome. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere you must notify The American Poetry Journal and/or Dream Horse Press immediately. Fees are non-refundable. Judging will be anonymous; writers’ names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please include your name and biographical information in a separate cover letter. Please be sure to include your email address.  The winner is chosen by the editor of The American Poetry Journal, J.P. Dancing Bear.  Close friends, students (former or present), and relatives of the the editor are NOT eligible for the contest; their entry fees will be refunded.


Glimmer Train Press – Short Story Award for New Writers
Entry fee:  $15 (no more than three submissions per contest)
Prizes:  First Place – $1500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies; Second Place – $500 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication); Third Place – $300 (or $700 and 10 copies if accepted for publication)
Deadline:  Feb. 28, 2014 (There is always a one week grace period.)

Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled
to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
(Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.)  Most entries run from 1,500 – 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission site.

Click here for more submission guidelines.


The Ledge – Fiction Award
Entry Fee: $15 ($7 for each additional story)
Prizes: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge is given annually for a short story
Deadline:  February 18, 2014

All entries are considered for publication. Send a SASE, email, or visit the website for complete guidelines.  Their snail mail address is: The Ledge, Fiction award, 40 Maple Avenue, Bellport, NY 11713. Tim Monaghan Publisher. His e-mail address : Tkmonaghan@aol.com.


Sustainable Arts Foundation – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $1,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers and creative writers with children
Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Sustainable Arts Foundation program focuses on awards to individual arts and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome spplicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents who reside in the San Francisco bay area. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction,  playwriting and poetry to apply. Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film/video, and photography are also encouraged to apply.  At this time, we are not accepting applications in the performing arts or music.  We seek to reward excellence.  Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting.  We’re also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.  For additional information, go to http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/awards.


Tupelo Press – Snowbound Poetry Chapbook Award
Entry Fee: $23.00
Prizes: $1000 and publication is given annually for a poetry chapbook
Deadline:  February 28, 2014

If you are submitting online, within the document include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only so that your manuscript remains anonymous.  Submittal provides fields to fill in your contact information:  Name, address, telephone number, and email address.  If you are submitting a paper manuscript, include two cover pages: one with the title of the manuscript only, the other with the title of manuscript, name, address, telephone numbers and email address.  Cover letter or biography notes are optional; if included, these will not be read until the conclusion of the contest.  For additional information, please go to http://tupelopress.org/snowbound.php.


Wags Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes: First Prize –  $1000 and publication in Wag’s Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay; Second Prize – $500; Third Prize – $100
Deadline:  February 28, 2014

Wags Review holds two contests annually, the Winter Contest from December 1 through the end of February and the Summer Contest, from June 1 to August 31. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication in the magazine, second prize is $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per contest submission, plus Submittable’s fee. The 2014 Winter Contest is currently open.

Open reading periods are held from the beginning of March through the end of May and from the beginning of September through end of November.

Wags Review only accepts submissions via their Submittable page. (Meaning, please, do not email or heaven forbid snail mail your submission to us.) While they allow for simultaneous submissions, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece on Submittable, rather than emailing us about it. If you are at all concerned about the status of your submission, feel free to write them, though they appreciate your patience if it takes them several months to respond to you about your piece.


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