- Farmingdale State College—The Paumanok Poetry Award
- Glimmer Train Press—Open Fiction
- Literal Latte—Ames Essay Award
- Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest—Creative Non-fiction
- Red Hen Press-Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award
- Springfield Writers’ Guild—Annual Literary Awards
- University of Iowa Press—Short Fiction Award
- Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Awards
Entry fee: $25
Prizes: 1st place: $1500 and expenses for a reading in our 2013*2014 series. 2nd place: $750 and expenses for a reading in their series.
Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2012.
Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735: Entries should also include the following: a cover letter, a one-paragraph bio, 3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total). Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer’s name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Entries from previous winners will not be considered. Make checks payable to Farmingdale State College, VW. Please direct any questions or requests for clarification via email to Margery Brown. For additional guidelines, go to www.farmingdale.edu.
Entry fee: $19 per story. Please no more than three submissions per contest. Prizes: 1st place: $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue; 2nd place wins $1,000 (and 10 copies, if accepted for publication). 3rd place wins $600 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
Deadline: September 30.
Open to all subjects, all themes and all writers; most entries run from 2,000 to 8,000 words; from 2,000 to 20,000 word stories are welcome. Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission site. For additional information, go to www.glimmertrain.com/fictionopen.html.
Entry fee: $10 for 1 essay or $15 for two; payable by check or money order-made out to Literal Latte
Prizes: $1,000 first place; $300 second place; $200 third place. Deadline: Postmark by Sept 15, 2012.
Deadline: September 30.
Send unpublished personal essays, 8,000 words maximum; all topics; Include Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional)—on the Cover Page Only. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope or email address for reply; all entries considered for publication. Mail to: Literal Latte Awards, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. For additional information, go to www.literal-latte.com/contests.
Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest—Creative Non-fiction
Entry fee: None
Prizes: $3000 and publication in Real Simple, plus win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors.
Deadline: 11:50 p.m. EST on September 13, 2012.
Theme: If you could change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be? No, you can’t go back in time, but here’s the next best thing. Think of a decision that you regret—anything from a ridiculous choice of prom date to a serious lapse in judgment—and tell us what the mistake taught you about yourself. Send your typed, unpublished, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to email@example.com. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.) For complete guidelines, go to their website.
E-mail your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your entry to the following address:
Essay Contest, Real Simple, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 9th floor, New York, NY 10020
Entry fee: $20 for up to three poems, maximum 120 lines max.
Prize: $1,000 and publication of a poem in Los Angeles Review published by Red Hen Press.
Deadline: Postmarked by September 30, 2012.
Established in 2003, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge is Cynthia Hogue. Name on cover sheet only. Send SASE for notification.
Guidelines: Eligibility: The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press; B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press;C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors;
D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety. Please submit materials to: Attn: Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, Red Hen Press, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. For additional information, go to www.redhen.org. Red Hen Press will only accept submissions that have been mailed to the above address; please no email attachments or faxes.
Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Awards
Entry Fee: $3 per entry
Prizes: 1st place – $100; 2nd place-$50; 3rd place -$25, one honorable mention, plus certificates.
Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Award Categories:
# 1 Poetry – Any subject, any form/Limit: 1 page, single spaced.
# 2 Fiction – Any subject/Limit: 1,000 words, double-spaced
# 3 Non-fiction – Any subject/Limit: 1,000 words, double-spaced
Note: The 1st place winners in 2011 may not enter the same category in 2012. No limit to the number of entries as long as the $3 fee is paid with each submission. Only one award will be given per person in the same category in the Jim Stone Division.
Additional Springfield Writers’ Guild Literary Awards:
Entry Fee: $2
Prizes: 1st place–$25; 2nd place–$15; 3rd place–$10; one honorable mention, plus certificates; no limit to the number of entries as long as the $2 fee is paid with each submission.
Mail entries to: SWG Contest, Lee Ann Russell, 1004 North Rogers, Springfield, MO 65802-3517. For additional information go to: www.springfieldwritersguild.org.
Prose: Limit: 1,000 words, double-spaced
# 4 – Fiction, any genre
# 5 – Non-fiction, any subject
# 6 – Humorous
# 7 – SWG Members Only, any genre, any subject
Poetry: Limit: 1 page, single-spaced
# 8 Any Specific form, any subject
# 9 Humorous, any form
#10 Free Verse, any subject
Entry fee: None
Deadline: Postmarked by September 30, 2012
Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. The award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract. Please mail submissions to : Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City IA 52242-1000. For additional information, go to http://www.uiowapress.org/authors/iowa-short-fiction.htm.
Entry fee: $35.00
Prizes: Finalists receive Blue Ribbons & certificate. Grand prize and 1st Place Category winners receive Blue Ribbons, Certificates and a Chanticleer Book Review Package ($295)
Deadline: Midnight September 30, 2012
AThe CBR Blue Ribbon Awards for Unpublished Novels Contest 2012 is now accepting entries for unpublished works of 40,000+ words. The purpose of this contest is to recognize outstanding novels from writers that have not had their books published before as of time of entry into the CBRM contest. However, books may be self-published, but are not under a publishing contract or have ever been under a publishing contract. Works that have been accepted by agents are allowed to enter the CBR Unpublished Novels Contest. For additional information, go to Chanticleer Book Reviews.