Upcoming fiction, nonfiction, poetry contests!

So it’s snowing outside and in Georgia that means sheer panic and chaos across the state. So I thought it would be a great day to do some research and find some writing contests for everyone to check out. I’m trying to put a variety of lengths, styles, etc. on here as well.

1. Writer’s Journal Fiction Contest

Deadline: Jan 30

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: First: $500.00, Second: $200.00, Third: $100.00, Plus Honorable Mentions

First, Second, Third, and selected Honorable Mention winning stories will be published 
in future issues of the WRITERS’ Journal.

2. Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction

Deadline: Jan. 31

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.

2nd-place: $500; 3rd-place: $300

3. The Kundiaman Poetry Contest

Deadline: Feburary 11, 2011

Entry Fee: $25

Prize:  $1000, book publication and a New York City feature reading.

4. Michael Steinberg Essay

Deadline: February 28, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: $1,000, and will be published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be considered for publication

5. The Iowa Review Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Entry Fee: $20

Prize: $1,000; first runners-up receive $500. Winners and runners-up are published in our December 2011 issue.

6. The Common Review Short Story Contest

Deadline: Feburary 12, 2011

Entry Fee: 0.00

Prize: First prize: $400 and publication
Second prize: $200
Third prize: $150


7. Here is a link to Duotrope’s Deadline Calendar where they have all kinds of deadlines for literary magazines, anthologies, e-zines, magazines, etc. that you can enter for free as well. Duotrope really is an excellent resource for writers.

Also the Iowa Review has one of my favorite poets, Claudia Rankine judging, eee!!

Anyways, I’m going to get some writing done today and I hope that some of these contests grabbed your interest!



  1. Eric Said:

    All those fees! Maybe I should have a writing contest too!

    I guess you’d have to be pretty confident in your work to be willing to spend money submitting it.

    (I’m surely confident enough – just too poor!)

    Good information though – thanks for doing the research, Judy!

    • Judy Black Said:

      Aw, thanks! Yeah, the fees are scary!

      Thanks to your comment I updated with some free options as well but many, many contests have fees sadly. However, submitting to publications (magazines, e-zines, etc) is generally free. If you haven’t, I’d check out duotrope.com and look over the options they offer for places to send out your work. 🙂

      But thanks for the comment so I could realize I was silly and hadn’t put any free options up!

  2. Laura Said:

    You want to be careful of free contests that have disproportionately high fees. The entry fees are usually to pay for the prize money, so lower entry fees=lower prize money. A good site is pandorascollective.com ; they have seasonal contests and the entry fees aren’t as expensive. Also, regular submissions to GlimmerTrain are free; it’s just the contests that cost money to enter. 🙂

    • Judy Black Said:

      That’s very true! It’s also to be on the look out for places like the now defunct Poetry. com that would tell people their poems had been accepted to be published IF you paid a fee. Thanks for the site recommendation that looks great!! GlimmerTrain is a fantastic press to submit to outside of contest for sure and I highly encourage everyone to give them a serious look over!

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