Opportunities: March 2017

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

The Colorado Review invites entries for the 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. USD$2000 and publication will be awarded for the best short story. Stories must be at least 10 pages (or 2500 words) but no more than 50 pages (12,500 words). USD$15 entry fee. Entries close 14th March.

Australian Book Review 2017 Calibre Essay Prize

Australian Book Review invites entries of essays between 3000 and 7000 words on any non-fiction subject. First prize is AUD$5000 with a supplementary prize of AUD$2500. Open internationally. Entry fees apply. Entries close 15th March.

Bellingham Review 2017 Literary Contests

Bellingham Review is currently open for submissions to its three literary contests: the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Three $1000 first-place prizes will be awarded for each category. Entry fees apply. Entries close 15th March.

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Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories Competition

In the spirit of Frankenstein, Creative Nonfiction is seeking 'true stories that explore humans' efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity'. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4000 words. Prizes include $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2500 prizes and publication for runners-up. $20 reading fee applies. Entries close 20th March.

Mslexia Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017

Women writers' magazine Mslexia invites entries for its 2017 short fiction competition. Short stories between 300 and 3000 words are accepted. Open to women of any nationality from any country. Cash, publication and other prizes on offer. Entries close 20th March.

Field of Words Short Story Competition

Writing website Field of Words invites entries between 1000 and 2500 words for its short story competition. Winner receives AUD$750 and runner-up receives AUD$200. AUD$20 entry fee. Entries close 31st March.

International Rubery Book Award

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Rubery Book Award, which seeks 'the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses'. £1500 will be awarded for Book of the Year and category winners each receive £150. The winning book will also be read by a literary agent at MBA. £36 entry fee. Entries close 31st March.

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Literary magazine Kill Your Darlings invites entries for its Unpublished Manuscript Award. Manuscripts of adult fiction and non-fiction are eligible for entry. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a mentorship with a published author. Australian residents only. Entries close 31st March.

Montreal International Poetry Prize

The Montreal International Poetry Prize is open for entries. Poems up to 40 lines, written in English, are eligible for entry. Winner receives $20,000CDN and 50 entries will be published in the the Montreal Prize Global Anthology. An entry fee is required. Early entry deadline is 31st March.

Scribe Publications Unsolicited Manuscript Submissions

Australian publishing house Scribe Publications is accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions until the end of the month. Scribe is generally interested in literary fiction and serious non-fiction. Submission period ends 31st March.

The Masters Review Anthology Volume VI

The Masters Review is open for submissions for its anthology, a collection of ten stories or essays by emerging authors. Entries of fiction and narrative non-fiction up to 8000 words are accepted. Open internationally. $20USD entry fee. Entries close 31st March.