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May Writing Contests

Bridport Arts Centre
Entry fee:  £7 for each flash fiction submitted; £9 for each short story submitted;£8 for each poem submitted

  • Flash Fiction: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 + Highly Commended 3 x £50
  • Short Stories: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £50
  • Poetry: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £50

Deadline: 31st May 2014

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 3973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start, the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

General Rules:

  • Poems: 42 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted.
  • Short stories: 5000 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count.
  • Flash fiction: 250 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. However, we do not recommend poems and stories written for children.
Entrants may enter any number of poems, flash fictions or short stories in each category. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded.

The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own.

Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc.) in any other competition. If your entry has been longlisted or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for the Bridport Prize.Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the prizegiving date; entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform the Bridport Prize immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

Click here for more information.


River Styx
Entry fee:  $10 (A $20 entry fee includes a subscription to River Styx)
Prizes:  A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem
Deadline:  May 31, 2014

Joan Murray will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 12 pages with a $10 entry fee. All submissions and correspondence must include a # 10 or larger S.A.S.E. Please use sufficient postage if you would like us to return your manuscript. Because our post office no longer recognizes them, we cannot accept international postage coupons. Please use U.S. postage. No email submissions will be considered.

Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online. We do read simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw your work from consideration, please email BigRiver@Riverstyx.org.

Mail your submissions to: River Styx, 3547 Olive Street, Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Expect 3 to 5 months for a decision. Please do not query us until five months have passed. Please do not resubmit in the same genre until the next reading period.


Creative Nonfiction
Entry fee:  $20 (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs, subscription deal is not available)
Prizes:  $1,000 for the Best Essay and $500 for the Runner-up
Deadline: Postmark May 31, 2014. If submitting electronically, Upload files by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2014

Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. We’re looking for stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate and –most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it. Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, or reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Memoir” issue.

Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email for response to:

Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Memoir, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202,
Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

To submit electronically, go to www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/memoir-issue.


Glimmer Train Press
Entry fee: $15 per story; please, no more than three stories per contest
Prizes:  $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories and 20 copies; 2nd place wins $500 (or $700 and 10 copies if accepted for publication); 3rd place wins $300 (or $700 and 10 copies if accepted for publication).
Deadline: May 31, 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. Winner will be announced in the August 1 bulletin. Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission site.


New England Poetry Club (NEPC) Contests
Entry fee:  $10 for up to three poems and $3 each for additional poem. The Club offers a series of contests open to members and non-members. Make checks out to New England Poetry Club
Prizes:  See below
Deadline:May 31, 2014

  • $1,000 for the Daniel Varoujan Award for an unpublished poem, (not a translation) worthy of Daniel Varoujan, a poet killed by the Turks in the genocide which destroyed three-fourths of the Armenian population. Previous winners may not enter again. Funded by Diana Der-Hovanessian’s translation royalties.
  • Der-Hovanessian : For a translation from any language. Send a copy of the original with this poem. Prize: $200. Funded by John Mahtesian.
  • Erika Mumford Prize: For a poem in any form about foreign culture or travel. Prize: $250. Funded by her family and friends.
  • Firman Houghton Award: For a lyric poem in honor of the former president of the New England Poetry Club: Prize $250.
  • Barbara Bradley Award: For a lyric poem under 21 lines, written by a woman. Prize: $250.
  • Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize: For a chapbook of poems published in the last two years. Send 2 copies of the book with $5 handling fee for non-members, Prize $100. Send in 2 Farrar Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • Sheila Margaret Motton Prize: For a book of poems published in the last two years (current year minus 2) Send 2 copies of the book with $5 handling fee for non-members. Prize: $500. Send to # 2 Farrar Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contests Guidelines:
Only 1 poem per contest; Entries must be original unpublished (cannot be in print of on-line.) poems in English; No poem may be entered in more than one contest, nor should it have won a previous contest. Poems should be typed and submitted in duplicate, with the author’s name and address on one copy. Include an email address too, if possible. Label poems with the name of the contest; no entries will be returned; send regular mail only (do not send special delivery or express mail); no email entries.

Mark the names of the contests entered on the envelope before mailing. NEPC will not engage in correspondence regarding poems submitted or judges’ decisions.

Mail all entries (unless otherwise noted; see the prize listing above) to:

NEPC Contest Coordinator
376 School Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The winners will be announced online in September/October.  Click here for more information.


Proud to be Writing by American Warriors Contest
Entry fee:  None
Prizes:  $250 in each of 5 genres: poetry, short fiction, essay, interview, and photography, plus publication in annual anthology from Southeast Missouri State University Press.
Deadline: June 1 2014

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology

  1. Anthology-only entry: mail your previously unpublished work with self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification to Warriors Anthology, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
  2. Contest and Anthology entry: email previously unpublished work to upress@semo.edu


  • $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.
  • Entries must be sent electronically as Microsoft Word docs (or .docx).
  • Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).
  • Put your name and contact info on 1st page and nowhere else on the manuscript.
  • Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.
  • For both mailed and electronic submissions:
  • Limit one submission in each category per person.
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).
  • Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.
  • Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).
  • Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.
  • Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission.
  • Winners & contributors will be notified by Nov. 1, 2014
  • Questions: contact the University Press at upress@semo.edu

For more information, please go to the contest website.


Winning Writers Sports Fiction and Essay Contest
Entry fee:  $16
Prizes:  Fiction Prizes: $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story. Essays: First Prize $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each for an essay on the theme of sports.
Deadline: May 31, 2014

Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words published or unpublished work. For this contest, we understand “sports” broadly to mean an activity involving the competitive pursuit of physical excellence. This naturally includes team sports like baseball and the one-on-one combat of martial arts, but can also encompass solo activities—weight training, for instance—where the athlete is striving to exceed a personal best. We consider cheerleading a sport in its own right, like gymnastics, as well as an element of the sports environment. Your entries can be about any such element—the players, the fans, the owners, the collector of Red Sox bobble-head dolls, the guy who drives the Zamboni—as long as the sports connection is central to the narrative. Submit online.


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