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July Writing Contests

Writing Contests for July

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:

Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:


Munster Literature Center

Entry fee: £15 ($20 U.S. Dollars)
Prizes: 1st place £2,000 (approximately $2,690 U.S. Dollars) and publication in the literary journal, Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd prize: £500 and publication in Southword and there will be four other shortlisted entries selected for publication in Southword, and they will receive £120 publication fee.
Deadline:  Entry must be post-marked on or before July 31

Open to original, unpublished, unbroadcasted short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or less, no translations acceptable. Submit as many times as you like, but each entry must be accompanied by a fee. Submit on-line, pay through PayPal. Judging is anonymous. They cannot accept U.S. Postal Money Orders. Please do not send cash.  Please see: www.munsterlit.ie/Sof%20Page.html for complete guidelines and in submission requirements.
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Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:


A Room of Her Own Foundation
Entry fee: $15
Prizes: Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than 90 lines, a short story of up to 4,000 words, or an essay of up to 4,000 words with the entry fee.
Deadline:July 31, 2012

Submit a poem of no more than 90 lines, a short story of up to 4,000 words, or an essay of up to 4,000 words with the entry fee. Visit the website: www.aroho.org. for complete submission guidelines and instructions. Mail to: A Room of Her Own Foundation, P.O. Box 778, Placitas, NM 87043.

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Bard College: Bard Fiction Prize
Entry fee: There is no entry fee
Prizes: a prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students, but is not expected to teach traditional courses.
Deadline:July 15, 2012

Submit three copies of a published book of fiction, a cover letter, and curriculum vitae. Visit the website for complete guidelines: www.bfp@bard.edu.

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Gival Press Short Story Award
Entry fee: $25
Prizes: a prize of $1,000 and publication on the press’s website is given annually for a short story.
Deadline: Send by July 31, 2012 – must be received by August 8, 2012

Submit a short story of 5,000 words to 15,000 words with the entry fee.  Visit the website: www.givalpress.com for complete guidelines. Snail mail to: Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203, Attn: Robert Giron, Editor

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High Desert Journal Obsidian Prize for Poetry
Entry fee: $12
Prizes: A prize of $1,000 and publication in High Desert Journal if given annually for a poem “inspired by the West: big sky or big city.”
Deadline: August 15, 2012.

Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 100 lines with a $12 entry fee.Visit the website: www.highdesertjournal.com for complete guidelines.

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Humor Press: Humor Writing Contest
Entry fee: $10
Prizes: $250 in prize money; five winners will be named: 1st place: $100; 2nd place $70; 3rd place: $35; 4th place: $25; and 5th place: $20, plus publication in Humor Showcase and in optional print editions with no book purchase necessary.
Deadline: July 31, 2012

Enter on-line; pay through PayPal. Visit www.humorpress.com for complete guidelines and submission instructions.

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Journal of Experimental Fiction: Kenneth Patchen Award
Entry fee: $25
Prizes: a prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Civil Coping Mechanisms
Deadline:July 31, 2012

Submit a manuscript of any length. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Submit to Journal of Experimental Fiction, Kenneth Patchen Award, 12 Simpson Street, # D, Geneva, IL 60134, Eckhard Gerdes, Contact. Harold Jaffe will judge.

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Kore Press: First Book Award
Entry fee: $20
Prizes: a prize of $1,000 and publication in given annually to a poetry collection, Female-identified poets who have not published a book-length collection or a chapbook with a print run of over 400 copies are eligible.
Deadline:July 31, 2012

Nikky Finney will judge. Using the on-line submission system, submit a manuscript of 48-80 pages with a $20 entry fee.  Visit the website: www.korepress.org for complete guidelines.

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Marie Alexander Poetry Series: Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction Open
Entry fee: No entry fee
Prizes: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marie Alexander Poetry Series, an imprint of White Pine Press, is given annually for a collection of prose poems or flash fiction by a U.S. writer.
Deadline:July 31, 2012

Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages during the month of July to Marie Alexander Poetry Series, Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction Open, English Department, 5th Floor, Stabler Hall, 2801 South University Avenue, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204-1089. Robert Alexander and Nickole Brown, coeditors. Visit www.mariealexanderseries.com for complete guidelines.

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Narrative Spring Story Contest
Entry fee: $20
Prizes: A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative non-fiction. A second prize of $1,000
is also awarded.
Deadline:July 31, 2012

Using the on-line submission system, submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $20 entry fee. Visit the website: www.narrativemagazine.com for complete guidelines.

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