Opportunities: May 2017

The Writer Magazine Spring Cleaning Contest

The Writer magazine is open to entries for its Spring Cleaning short story contest, encouraging writers to clean out their 'draft' folders, choose a draft and polish it up for submission. There is no theme and no genre restriction. Entries must be 2000 words or fewer. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the magazine; second prize and third prize are $500 and $250 respectively and publication on the website. Entry fee is $25. Entries close 8th May.

Dangerously Poetic–Byron Writers Festival Poetry Prize

Dangerously Poetic Press and the Byron Writers Festival are co-sponsoring a national Australian poetry prize. Entries must be unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. The first poem costs $15AUD, and each additional costs $5. Prizes include cash, publication, festival passes and more. Entries close 10th May.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

The 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is open for entries of short fiction under 3500 words. First prize is $1500USD and publication; second- and third-place winners each receive $500. No theme or genre restrictions. Early entries ($15) close 1st May; late entries ($20) close 15th May.

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Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

Palooka Press is calling for short manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres. Submissions should be around 30–50 pages and will be charged $10USD (which includes an electronic issue of Palooka). The winner will receive publication, a $200 honorarium and more. Entries close 15th May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

The Plougshares Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry who do not have a published or self-published book. Winning entries in each category will be published in Ploughshares and receive $2000USD. Fiction and non-fiction entries must be under 6000 words and poetry must be between 3-5 pages. Entry fee is $24. Entries close 15th May.

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Carve Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Entries must be short stories (literary fiction only) up to 10,000 words. Publication and $2500USD in prize money available across five prizes. Entry fee is $17 for online submissions and $15 for mailed submissions. Entries close 15th May.

Kindle Storyteller Contest

Amazon is currently open for entries to its Kindle Storyteller contest. The competition is open to books written in English, from all authors and genres. Titles must be previously unpublished, a minimum of 5000 words and available in both print and ebook formats. The winning author will receive £20,000 and will be recognised at an award ceremony in London. Entries close 19th May.




Granta Magazine Non-Fiction Submissions

Renowned literary magazine Granta is open for submissions of original non-fiction on any topic (will be considered for both print and online submissions). There is no set maximum or minimum length, though most pieces run between 3000 and 6000 words. Submissions close 24th May.

Shoalhaven Literary Award

The Fellowship of Australian Writers welcomes submissions for the annual Shoalhaven Literary Award. Entries are open to Australian residents aged 18 and over, and should be no more than 3000 words. There is a $12AUD fee per entry. First prize is $1500 and a two-week artist residency, with supplementary prizes of $150, $200 and $250. Entries close 27th May.

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction

Australian quarterly The Lifted Brow welcomes entries of 5000 words from writers of any age, from anywhere in the world. The entry fee of US$7 will be waived for subscribers to The Lifted Brow and RMIT students/alumni. The winner will receive AU$5000 and publication in Issue 35 of The Lifted Brow. Entries close 29th May.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is open for entries of unpublished manuscripts by writers under the age of 35. The winner receives publication by Allen & Unwin and an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000 AUD. Minimum length is 30,000 words and maximum is 100,000 words. Open to residents of Australia who are under 35 years of age on 31st May 2017. Entry fee is $25AUD. Entries close 31st May.

The Bridport Prize

The Bridport Prize is open for international entries in three categories: poetry (£9 entry), short stories (£10 entry) and flash fiction (£8 entry), as well as a first novel category for writers in Britain and Ireland. Cash prizes up to the value of £5000 are on offer. Entries close 31st May.

Exit Earth Short Story Competition

STORGY Magazine is open for entries to its 'Exit Earth'-themed short story competition. 5000-word limit. Prizes include £1,000 for first place, £500 for second and £250 for third. Entry fee is £10. Entries close 31st May.

First Novel Prize

The 2017 First Novel Prize is judged by a leading literary agent, an adult fiction editor at a large international publisher and a literary consultant. Entries must be completed adult (not children's or YA) novels over 50,000 words. First prize is £1000; second is £250; third is £100. Entry fee is £25. Entries close 31st May.

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

Reflex Fiction is currently open for entries to the Summer instalment of its quarterly flash fiction competitions. Prizes include £1,000 for first place, £500 for second and £250 for third. Entries must be between 180 and 360 words. Longlisted and winning authors will also have their stories published online. Entry fee is £7/$9/€9. Entries close 31st May.

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

Wundor Editions welcomes entries for its inaugural poetry contest. The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 and over. Entries may be of any length but must address the theme of 'Spring'. Entry fees range from £10–20 and may include one or more book vouchers. The winner will receive £500 and online publication. Entries close 31st May.

The Yeovil Literary Prize

Writers are invited to enter the Yeovil Literary Prize in any of four categories: novel, short story, poetry and 'writing without restrictions'. Cash prizes are on offer, ranging from £50 to £1000. Entry fees range from £5 to £12. Entries close 31st May.

New Voices Competition

Londnr Magazine, in association with Spread the Word, is seeking new voices to join their staff writers. Entrants must be aged 18 and over, and be resident in or have easy access to London. Entries must be essays or non-fiction pieces up to 1000 words. There is a £4 entry fee. Prizes include publication, a paid contract for three articles, mentoring and more. Entries close 1st June.

The Big Issue Fiction Submissions

Australian magazine The Big Issue is currently open for submissions to its annual fiction edition. Entries of short stories from all genres are invited from writers of any age. Stories should be between 300 and 3000 words. Entry is free (postal only, no online entries) and each author published will receive $500AUD. Entries close 5th June.

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

Sisters in Crime invites entries to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. A grant of $1500USD will be awarded to an emerging writer of colour who submits an unpublished work of crime fiction. Applications close 15th June.

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette, The Guardian and the Emerging Writers Festival are looking for the first three chapters of an unpublished manuscript. Entrants must be Australian residents aged 18 or older, and the winner will receive $10,000 plus a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette's publishers. Applications are open from now until 3rd July.