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January Writing Contests

Writing Contests for January

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:

Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:


A Room of Her Own Foundation, Orlando Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and an Essay
Entry fee: $15

Prizes: The Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Wolfe’s title character’s liberation from the restraints of time and gender. The prizes are as follows:

  • Unpublished Short Fiction Prize: $1,000 plus publication; word limit 1,500.
  • Unpublished Creative Non-Fiction Prize: $1,000 plus publication: word Limit: 1,500.
  • Unpublished Poetry: $1,000 plus publication: line limit: 36 lines.
  • Unpublished Flash Fiction, $1000 plus publication: word limit: 500.

Deadline:January 31, 2013
Open to women of any nationality, but submission must be written in English. The $15 fee will include a $5 tax-deductible donation and the applicants name in the list of AROHO’s gallery of women writers and artists.

Submit online – entrants must complete the official application sheet. Applicants are encouraged to make multiple submissions in the same or different categories. For complete guidelines and application form, go to www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/orlando.php.

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Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:


Cultural Center of Cape Cod Seventh Annual Poetry Award
Entry fee: $15
Prizes: A National Prize of $1000 will be awarded for a single, unpublished poem that has not won 1st prize in any national competition.
Deadline: January 31, 2013

Open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. Submit up to 3 poems of any style or subject with no more than 5 pages. Make checks payable to The Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Send via US postal services to: Poetry Competition, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. For complete guidelines, visit www.cultural-center.org/poetrycontestguidelines2013.pdf.

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Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award
Entry fee: $15 per story. Please no more than 3 submissions per contest
Prizes: 1st place:  $1500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given for a short story, plus 20 copies of the journal issue; 2nd place: $500 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies) 3rd place: $300 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
Deadline: January 31, 2013. There is always a one-week grace period.

Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to three 3,000 words with the reading fee for each story.  For complete guidelines go to www.glimmertrain.com/veryshort.htm.

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Iowa Review Awards in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Entry fee: $20
Prizes: $1,500 in each category and publication in Iowa Review; Runners-Up: $750 and publication in the Iowa Review; both will be published in the December 2013 edition. Judges for the review awards are: Mary Jo Bang (poetry); ZZ Packer (fiction) and Susan Orlean, (non-fiction).
Deadline: January 31, 2013

Please do not submit if you have a personal or professional relationship with the judges as they are instructed not to award prizes to entrants with whom they have such a relationship. Although judging is blind, if they select a work by someone they know, judges are instructed to retract their decision. Submit up to 25 pages of prose (double-spaced) or 10 pages of poetry (one poem or several, but no more than one poem per page). Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform them of acceptance elsewhere. All manuscripts, winners or not, are considered for publication.

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Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Entry fee: $25 reading fee for non-members of the North Carolina Writer’s Network
Prizes: The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. This annual award is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.
Deadline: The postmark deadline is January 30, 2013

Ruth Moose will be the Final Judge. Moose served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Creative Writing Department from 1996-2010. She has published two collections of short stories, including Neighbors and Other Strangers (Main Street Rag), and four books of poetry. This competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Works should be submitted via US postal services to Professor Tony Abbott, P.O. Box 7096, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035. Submit two copies of a story with no more than 12 pages. For complete guidelines, please go to www.NCwriters.org.

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Unterberg Poetry Center “Discovery” Poetry Prizes
Entry fee: $12
Prizes: four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the Poetry Center which promotes the new voices of poetry, with the winners earning a reading from 92Y’s legendary stage. The Four winners are awarded a reading at the Poetry Center (set for Mon, May 6, 2013, at 8:15 pm).
Deadline: January 25, 2013. Please note the early submission date.  Poems must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan 25 to be considered.

For further guidelines and to submit on-line, go to www.92y.org./poetry.

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