Online journal Questions is a quarterly publication on a mission to nurture a new generation of writing and ideas. This year's Questions Writing Prize 2016 attempts to celebrate the young writers, between ages of 18 and 30, who demonstrate incredible fiction and nonfiction writing. The prize includes $2000 prize money and publication for the best piece of writing: 1500 to 2000 words, under any theme, and either fiction or nonfiction. Time to get writing, submissions close 1 May!
The 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize
Express Media, the literary icon for young writers, is at it again with their 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize! All writers of memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction pieces and more are welcome to submit their nonfiction writing for the prize. Included in your prizes, should you win, are a cash prize of $3000, an editorial mentorship to develop your work for publication and a selection of manuscript assessments, free books and craft development masterclasses. Submissions close 2 May.
Griffith Review are now opening their doors to submission of incredible works of fiction, that fall between 10,000 and 25,000 words in length. With plans to publish 4+ of the best winning novellas, this prize offers an unbeatable opportunity for fiction writers to take their writing from idea to bookshelf! Along with a cash pool prize of $25,000 up for grabs, there's a digital subscription to Griffith Review and more that awaits the winning talent. Submissions close 13 May.
ZineWest is a publication aimed towards celebrating short creative works from talented members of the Western Sydney region. They're currently on the lookout for any works of prose, poetry, lyrics, cartoon or drama to be published in their print zine. The prize includes $100-400 prize money in addition to publication. Submissions close 14 May.
Do you like giving people chills up their spines? Does your writing aim to be every bit as scary as it is imaginative? The AHWA Competition is on the hunt for great flash fiction (less than 1,000 words) and short stories (1,001 to 8,000 words) in the horror genre. Whether you choose classic creatures like zombies or ghosts or venture further afield to inspire those creepy creative works, all are welcome. Submissions close 31 May.
Writers and poets worldwide, this one's for you! The Munster Literature Centre has opened their doors to manuscripts of between 16 and 24 pages in length. Along with a total of €1500 in prize money, the 1st and 2nd prize winnings receive publication in of their works and complimentary copies of chapbooks. Submissions close 31 May.
Closing 31st May - Enter short stories, poetry, and memoir pieces for the chance to win prize money. Entry fee $5 per entry or $20 for five entries. Accepting ballads with an Australian bush theme, in perfect rhyme and metre (maximum 80 lines). Entry fee $5 per poem, with a maximum of four entries. First prize $100 plus a trophy and certificate.
Canadian literary magazine The Malahat Review is currently welcome poems from writers in Canada, the United States and worldwide. A prize of $1000 (CAD) is on offer, along with publication, for the best works of poetry. So time to get writing! This one closes on 1 May 2016.
Are you ready for your name to sit alongside the Australian writing greats, like Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and more? Australia residents under the age of 35 are welcome to submit their unpublished manuscripts to the Allen & Unwin Literary Award before 31 May. The writing must be fiction or Australian history/biography and must be an original work. A $25 entry fee applies.
For decades Harvard Review has published short fiction, poetry, essays, drama and book review to incredible success. With two publications annually, writers are now invited to submit their works for the next edition, with a maximum of 5 poems, 2 short plays or 7,000 words of prose. Submissions close 1 May.
Whether it's short stories, poems, interviews or essays, Prairie Schooner is on the hunt for the best of them! If you think you've got incredible writing to offer, submit your pieces before 1 May for the chance to receive publication and more. The mission behind the publication is to celebrate and support writers both established and emerging everywhere, so time to get writing and seize this opportunity while it lasts!
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. Deadline May 15th.
The Impress Prize for New Writers offers unpublished writers a chance to win a publishing contract. The winner is decided by a panel of experts working in the publishing industry and as a result is offered a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents. If you are an unpublished writer, enter your 6,000 word sample, synopsis of the piece and publishing rationale by 1 July 2016.