Opportunities: November & December 2016

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest is open for entries to its Popular Fiction Awards. Entrants may submit short fiction up to 4000 words in one of the following genres: mystery/crime, horror, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and young adult. One Grand Prize winner and one First Prize winner in each category will receive prize packages including cash, discounts and other prizes. Entries close 7th November.

Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest

The Masters Review is now open for entries to its annual Fall Fiction Contest. Unpublished stories from emerging writers (up to 7000 words in length) will be considered. First, second and third prize-winners will receive publication and prize money of $2000, $200 and $100USD respectively. Open internationally; $20USD entry fee. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest seeks entries of short stories under 1500 words for its annual Short Short Story competition. Twenty-five winners and runners-up will receive cash, publication and other prizes. Entries close 15th November.

2017 Hazel Rowley Fellowship

This fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work. The fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. Entries close 16th November.

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Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Australian literary journal Overland invites writers from across the globe to submit entries to the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Stories must be 3000 words or fewer and previously unpublished. Winner receives $4000 and publication in Overland and two runners-up receive $500 each. Entry fee is $20AUD or $12AUD for Overland subscribers. Entries close 20th November.

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

Overland also seeks entries for its annual Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Entrants must have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. Major prize is $6000; second prize is $2000; third prize is $1000 (all $AUD). All three winners will be published in Overland. Entry fee is $20AUD or $12AUD for Overland subscribers. Entries close 20th November.

Fish Publishing Short Story Contest

Fish Publishing seeks entries of up to 5000 words for its short story contest. Open to writers of any nationality writing in English. First prize is €3,000 plus five-day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival; second prize is €300 and a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; third prize is €300. The top ten stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Entries close 30th November.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams and the New Orleans Literary Festival invite entries of short fiction up to 7000 words, from writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Grand prize is $1500USD, publication and a festival prize package, including US domestic airfare (up to $500USD) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival. Entries close 30th November.

The Matador Review

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Winter 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Australian Book Review seeks entries for the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Open to any poet writing in English; entries must be new single-authored poems of up to 75 lines. Winner receives $5000AUD, shortlisted poets receive $500AUD, and all shortlisted poems are published in the magazine. Entries close 1st December.

The Griffith Review Issue 56

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. This special edition is devoted to the challenges and opportunities the millennial generation is facing and embracing. Pitches and drafts will be accepted for essays, memoir and reportage – for fiction and poetry, only complete pieces will be considered. Deadline for completed unsolicited pieces is 5th December.

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Beloit Fiction Journal is open for entries for its Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. $2000USD and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story (up to 7000 words) on any theme. Each entry costs $20USD and entries close 10th December.

Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Minotaur Books (Pan Macmillan), in partnership with Mystery Writers of America, invite entries for the 2017 First Crime Novel Competition. Open internationally to any unpublished author of a crime manuscript 65,000 words or more. Winner will receive publication opportunity with Minotaur Books and a $10,000USD advance. Entries close 12th December.

Boulevard Magazine Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard Magazine invites entries for its Short Fiction Contest. $1500USD and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Entry fee is $16USD for each story and includes a one-year subscription. Entries close 31st December.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2017

Whether you have a single piece of work, a collection of pieces or a brilliant novella on your hands, Wundor Editions would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the sum total word count of your submission should fall between 5,000 and 45,000 words. The winner of our inaugural short fiction contest will receive £500. The deadline is 28 February 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of March 2017.