- Farmingdale State College—The Paumanok Poetry Award
- Glimmer Train Press—Open Fiction
- Literal Latte—Ames Essay Award
- Red Hen Poetry Award
- Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest—Creative Non-fiction
- Slippery Elm Poetry and Prose Awards
- Springfield Writer’s Guild Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction Awards 2013
Entry fee: $25
Prizes: 1st place: $1500 and expenses for a reading in our 2014-2015 series. 2nd place: $750 and expenses for a reading in their series.
Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2013.
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a cover letter, a one-paragraph bio, 3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total).Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion, and the entry fee. 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, VWP. Please direct any questions or requests for clarification via email to Margery Brown. For additional guidelines, go to http://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/arts-sciences/english/paumanokpoetryaward.shtml.
Glimmer Train Press—Open Fiction
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, 2013.* There is always a one-week grace period.
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.
Literal Latte—Ames Essay Award
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, 2013.
Send unpublished personal essays, 8,000 words maximum; all topics; Include Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional)—on the Cover Page Only.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. E-mailed submissions are not currently being accepted. For additional information, go to www.literal-latte.com/contests.
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 19, 2013.
Theme: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Maybe, in the course of your life, you’ve had an Erin Brockovich moment: say, the time you stood up to a bully in second grade, or the day you ended a long-standing friendship that had turned toxic. Or maybe your acts of courage have been less dramatic but no less powerful: moving to a new country; daring to fall in love a second time around, leaving a settled career to embark on a risky new venture. Whatever your story, share it with us.
Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submitted essays must be nonfiction. 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 www.realsimple.com/work/life-strategies/inspiration. E-mail your submission to email@example.com 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, 2013.
Established in 2003, the 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 Hilda Raz. 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.
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: $1,000 and publication in Slippery Elm (University of Findlay)
Deadline: September 13, 2013
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm will be given annually for a poem and a short story or an essay. All entries will be considered for publication. Mary Biddinger will judge in poetry and Robert James Russell will judge in prose. Submit up to three poems or 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee by September 13. Call, e-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: https://journals.findlay.edu/; phone: (419) 434-4893 contact: Dave Essinger.
Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Awards:
Entry Fee: $4 each entry
Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd -$50, 3rd -$25, and 2 honorable mentions. 2012 1st place winners may not enter the same category in 2013. Only one cash award per person in the Jim Stone Division.
Deadline: September 15, 2013
# 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.
Entry Fee: $3 for each entry
Prizes: 1st – $25; 2nd – $15, 3rd -$10, 2 honorable mentions
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Prose: Limit 1000 words, double spaced
# 4 Fiction, any genre
# 5 Non-Fiction, any subject
# 6 Humorous prose
Poetry: Limit 1 page single spaced.
# 7 Any Specific Form, any subject
# 8 Humorous poetry, any form
# 9 Free Verse or Prose Poetry
NO limit to the number of entries. Each must be unpublished, original work of contestant and entered in only one category. For complete guidelines and submission information, please go to: www.springfieldwritersguild.org.