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March Writers’ Contests


Each year So to Speak offers a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contest. Past judges have included Claudia Rankine, Ru Freeman, Claudia Emerson, Jennifer Lauck, Marie Howe, Sharon Mehdi, and Lucy Corin.

Winners in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are awarded $500, 2 complimentary issues, and publication in the journal. The three finalists are also featured in the journal.

Fall 2013 Fiction Contest

We will begin reading for our Fall 2013 Short Fiction Contest January 1, 2013. To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered pages) and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Judge: Asali Solomon

Fall 2013 Art Contest: The “Hybrid” Book

We will begin reading for our Fall 2013 Art Contest January 1, 2013. To enter, submit your work and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Judge: TBA

In our 2013 visual art competition we seek entries in all media which the makers consider to represent – in any and all ways – the book experience. We welcome submissions to this competition including performance, digital and new media, photography and all 2D and 3D visual art forms, as well as sculptural book and artist’s book objects, whether or not incorporating text.

The book is increasingly digitalized, culturally iconic in its historic codex forms, and valued always from Kindle to library as an experience. What that actually means to each reader/viewer/handler is at a time of highly fluid interpretation. Art, object, and installation as “book” also is a rapidly expanding area of contemporary art.

The word “book” implies a particular experience…private, intimate travel of the mind along a trajectory of thought, feeling or information which is seen or read, felt and remembered as a multi-sensory experience from one distinct place to another. This may or may not be narrative,
and may or may not tell a story per se.

Often via words pages and chapters, the book experience can also come via dimensional objects which encase containers of text and image, or which resonate as narratives themselves, singly or when arranged in installation.

This view of what may or may not be “book” may make all film and much art, in fact, to be books. Such debates signal artistic life signs rather than demerits. And furthering the permeability between what is and isn’t considered book-like hopefully renders art, modern book arts, and the spoken and written word even more relevant and accessible to readers and viewers everywhere.

Entry specifications:
All entries must be received on-line only, and by March 15th. All entries must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title, and include dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission,
and a brief artist’s bio. LIMIT ONE (1) SUBMISSION PER ARTIST.

2013 Contests

The following awards are offered once a year by the Bellingham Review.

The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Kevin Clark

The 49th Parallel is the nickname for the US/Canada border that stretches from Washington State to Minnesota. Bellingham, Washington, the home of Western Washington University and theBellingham Review lies just shy of the border.

The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Dinah Lenney

Born April 30, 1945, Annie Dillard is best known for her nature-themed writing. She has explored her past and present dealings with nature through poetry, essays and novels. Often compared to Thoreau and other transcendentalist writers, Dillard is unique in her defiance of any strict categorization. As she examines the natural world, her subjects move between wildlife, God and the human condition. Among the nine book-length publications Dillard has published over the past twenty years, her use of multiple genres allows her to seamlessly move from Virginia creeks, to the Puget Sound, to the Galapagos Islands.s

The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

1st Prize: $1,000
Final Judge: Marjorie Sandor

Born in 1945 in Alabama, Wolff has been regarded as the master of memoir and short stories. His best known work, This Boy’s Life, recounts the story of his early childhood years in the Northwest and was the basis for a 1993 motion picture starring Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. A three-time winner of the O. Henry Award, Tobias Wolff is celebrated for his collections of short stories, novels, and memoirs. Wolff’s second collection of short stories, Back in the World (1985), was hailed as a sensitive work of fiction focusing primarily on the experiences of returning Vietnam veterans. In literary circles, Wolff is revered as much as a teacher as he is as a writer. After completing a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, Wolff served as the Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at that institution (1975-1978). He later spent 17 years leading the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University (1980-97). In 1997, he returned to Stanford where he currently resides and teaches.

Contest Submission Guidelines

The Tusculum Review


Bernheimer, Pritts to Judge 2013 Contests

Kate Bernheimer & Nate Pritts


Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold(FC2 2011), and Horse, Flower, Bird, a collection of stories with illustrations by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press 2010).  She has edited three anthologies including the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin 2010).  She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arizona, and is founding and acting editor of Fairy Tale Review.


Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing which Publishers Weeklydescribes as “both baroque and irreverent, banal and romantic, his poems […] arrive at a place of vulnerability and sincerity.”  POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun, his fourth book, “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned…[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction.”  His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print & on barns, at places like Southern ReviewForklift, OhioCourt GreenGulf CoastBoston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. The founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press, he lives in Syracuse, New York.


The prize is $1,000 and publication.

The deadline is March 15, 2013 (postmarked).

Send contest submissions to:
The Tusculum Review
P.O. Box 5113
60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, TN 37743.


The entry fee is $15 per manuscript. We accept checks and money orders made payable to The Tusculum Review.

Each manuscript entered should consist of no more than twenty-five pages of fiction or no more than five poems (we will allow up to 10 pages total of poetry).  You may enter more than one manuscript and/or more than one genre contest (as long as you include a $15 reading fee with each contest submission).

Please send a cover letter with your contest entry.  The cover letter should include the title(s) of your entry, genre of the work—fiction or poetry—your name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on your actual submission.

Previously published stories and poems (including web publications) are not permitted for submission.

Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication. We consider all works submitted for publication.

Manuscripts will not be returned; they will, instead, be recycled.

The judges for the 2013 prizes will be Kate Bernheimer for fiction and Nate Pritts for poetry. Family, friends, and previous students of the judges, or those with reciprocal professional relationships with the judges, will be disqualified from the contest. Submissions will be screened by the staff of The Tusculum Review, and finalists will be forwarded for judging.

Manuscripts will be numbered, and all names on the manuscripts will be removed before they are read and work is presented to the judges. In the event that judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.

All contestants will receive the 2013 issue of The Tusculum Review and a letter listing the winner and finalists. The new issue will be mailed to all contest entrants before June 1, 2013. The winners and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website.

l be mailed to all contest entrants before June 1, 2013. The winners and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website.

This blog doesn’t endorse any of these contests, please verify all information regarding each.

Writers’ Contests late November/December deadlines

Here is an extensive lists of upcoming contests. Since the holidays are fast approaching this will give you time to submit. This will be the last Contest post until January 2013. As always this Blog does not assume any responsibility for offers, or errors connected with these contests. Please review each carefully before entering.

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The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award
The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award is a national competition for book-length poetry collections. The author of the winning manuscript receives $1,000, and the manuscript is published by the University of Evansville Press … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

2013 UNT Rainer Maria Rilke Prize
An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $10,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize
The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books for an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The poet will receive an honorarium of $1000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Bright Hill Press Full-Length Poetry Book Competition
The first place winner of Bright Hill’s 18th Annual Full-Length Poetry Book Competition, chosen from finalists by a nationally-known poet, receives a publication contract with Bright Hill Press and $1000, publication in print format … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

12th Annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize
The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation. Winner receives a $1,500 Honorarium and book publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
Each year Bear Star Press awards the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize ($1,000 and publication) to a writer living west of the central time zone. The contest also serves as our best pool for finding new voices … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
This contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. First-place winner receives $500 … (more)
DEADLINE: 01-13-2013
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Kore Press Short Fiction Chapbook Award
Kore Press will award a prize of $1,000 plus publication of a chapbook publication for a short story written in English. This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards
Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts. The winners will each receive a publication contract and will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 honorarium … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-17-2012
PRIZES: $3,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
The purpose of the C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize is to honor a great poet of the 20th century by publishing the best possible poem we can find on annual basis. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-16-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman
Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. First-place winner receives $1000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

19th Annual Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter as many sonnets as they wish. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $3.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Walt Whitman Award
The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $5,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Story Prize
The Story Prize is an annual book award honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Each of two runners-up will receive $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $20,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $75.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The 6th Annual Micro Award
The Micro Award is presented annually for a work of prose fiction written in English, of any genre, not above 1000 words in length. The author of the winning story will receive $500 US … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 04-October-2012

The Willow Books Literature Awards
The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. The winner of prose will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the winner of poetry will receive $1,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-15-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 04-October-2012

2013 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize
An award of $1,000, plus publication of a chapbook by Hill-Stead Museum, and an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival preceding one of the featured poets during the 2013 season … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 24-Aug-2012

The New Issues Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Prize is $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

White Pine Press Poetry Prize
The award consists of a $1,000 cash award and publication by White Pine Press. Manuscripts must be between 60 and 80 pages in length. Poems must be original … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
An annual poetry contest. First place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-10-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified. First-place prize is $2,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

November entry dates for Writers’ contest and Competition

Writers’ Contests( Don’t forget October contests –check post on sidebar)

5th Annual Fiction Contest

  • Our Annual Fiction Contest accepts submissions by mail and online from June 1st through November 15th each year. The judge of the Fifth Annual Fiction Contest is Michael Cunningham, author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, and Specimen Days.

    Grand Prize:

    • $1,500
    • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans
    • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value)
    • Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
    • Publication in Louisiana Literature

    Top Ten Finalists Prize

    • Top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the next Festival.


    • This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.
    • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
    • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
    • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
    • Stories that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible.
    • Stories by United States and international writers are accepted.


    • A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
    • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
    • Please include a separate cover page with story title and word count as well as the author’s name, address, phone, and email.
    • Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and single-spaced.
    • Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 10, 11, or 12 point font size.
    • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere.
    • Unlimited entries per person are allowed. You must complete a separate entry payment and submission form for each entry.
    • Stories can be any theme or genre.
    • Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
    • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.


    • The deadline for online and mailed submissions is November 15th (postmark).
    • Winner will be announced by March 1st.

    Entry Fee:

    • $25 per entry. Unlimited entries per person.
    • Online submissions must be paid below.
    • Submission fees are non-refundable.

    To enter online: 
    Online submissions are preferred and must be in .doc, .rtf, or PDF formats. If you are using the latest version of Microsoft Word, please save your submission as .doc and not a .docx file before sending it to us. We accept entry fees via Discover, MasterCard, and Visa only.

    To enter by mail: Send your manuscript and check or money order for [fiction-entryfee] (made out to the: Tennessee Williams Literary Festival) to:
    Fiction Contest Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
    New Orleans, LA 70113

    Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery.

    Have a question about one of our writing contests? Please send questions

    The Edgar® Awards – Guidelines and Entry Forms

    2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Entry Forms (for works published in 2012) Please read submission informationfor complete information. Entry Procedure and Forms With the exception of the Robert L. Fish and Mary Higgins Clark awards, a work can be submitted to only one Edgar® committee. It is the responsibility of the publisher or producer to submit works to the appropriate committee. One copy of each eligible work must be sent to each member of the proper committee along with a copy of the submission form. In addition, only the submission form is sent to the MWA National Office. Contact the MWA National Headquarters for a list of the judges’ names and addresses: use our interactive response form . Do NOT include reviews or other promotional materials along with your entry. Do NOT contact the judges regarding this or any other submission (beyond sending the books). Contacting the judges directly might make this submission ineligible for consideration. Send the entry form (links to online forms below) to: MWA National Office 1140 Broadway, Suite 1507 New York NY 10001 A completed entry form is required for submission.

    All works submitted for consideration must meet the requirements for Active Status membership as described in the membership guidelines. While the author does not need to be a member of MWA, the work itself must make the author eligible for active status. In addition, all publishers submitting work must be on MWA’s approved publisher list or otherwise qualify to be added to that list.  If the publisher does qualify to be added to the list, they must contact the MWA national office to begin the vetting process.  All requests must be approved by the national board before the final submission deadline.  See the “Membership: Active Status” section for the details.

    You may:

    • Submit the form online
    • Mail it to the MWA National Office, 1140 Broadway, Suite 1507, New York NY 10001
    • Fax it to 212-888-8107

    Works should be submitted by the publisher, but may also be submitted by the author or agent. There is no entry fee, and no limit to the number of entries from a publisher or an individual author. Deadlines We suggest that work be submitted on the following schedule to assist the judging committee. Meeting these deadlines is not a requirement for eligibility; however, it will greatly aid the judging process. We prefer that books be submitted on a monthly basis so that the judges have enough time to read all the submissions.

    • For works published/released January 1 – March 31: Submit by March 30, 2012
    • For works published/released April 1 – June 30: Submit by June 29, 2012
    • For works published/released July 1 – September 30: Submit by September 28, 2012
    • For works published/released October 1-December 30: Submit by November 30, 2012
    • ONLY Books with a December publication date may be submitted in galleys.

    Please Note: No work will be accepted after November 30, 2012. (This does not apply to works available only in December, such as television shows. All books must be submitted by November 30, 2012) Nominations are usually announced in the middle of January (on or near Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday) of the following year and the winners are announced at the annual Edgar® Awards Banquet, which takes place in New York City in late April or early May each year.

    Albedo One
    Ireland’s Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror,
    is proud to announce
    the Seventh International Aeon Award short fiction contest:

    The Aeon Award 2012
    Grand Prize: €1000
    Second Prize: €200
    Third Prize: €100

    Plus guaranteed publication in Albedo One for the top three stories
    as chosen by our esteemed Grand Judges
    Ian Watson, Mike Resnick and Michael Carroll.

    The First Place winner will also have the option of publication
    in the Storywire section of the excellent

    Times & Dates

    The Aeon Award short fiction writing contest opens 1st January 2012, and runs for four rounds (or quarters) throughout the year. The submission deadline for the first round is March 31st, the second round June 30th, the third round September 30th and the final round November 30th. The final round is of two months duration, the rest of three months. Each round begins immediatelyafter the end of the previous round (i.e. this means you may submit at any time from 1st Jan to 30th Nov).

    At the end of each round, the best short story submissions entered in the writing competition will be chosen by a panel of interim judges, comprised of the editorial team of Albedo One and shortlisted for the Aeon Award short fiction contest. The short stories chosen for shortlisting in each round will be announced on the homepage of the Albedo One website ( shortly after the end of each round, as the writing competition proceeds. The shortlist and final results will also be printed in Albedo One magazine for all the world to see.

    At the end of the writing competition, shortly after Nov 30th 2012, the interim judges will choose the six highest-ranking stories from the competition shortlist. The top three winning stories will be chosen from these six stories by the Grand Judges. The decisions of the interim judging panel, and thereafter of the Grand Judges, are final. No correspondence can be entered into in this regard.

    Submission Format & Addresses

    Entries should be no more than 10,000 words (but there is no minimum word length) and must be typed, double spaced on one side of A4 (or U.S. equivalent) paper, and submitted by post to:

    Aeon Award
    8 Bachelor’s Walk
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

    Alternatively, entrants may submit their short stories by e-mail to Submissions must be pasted within the body of the email. Attachments can not be opened for security reasons. Submissions must also clearly have the words “Aeon Award Submission” in their subject lines to prevent mislabeling as spam.

    Receipt of email submissions will be acknowledged. If you have not received an acknowledgement three weeks after submitting by email, please send a query to this ( alternative email address (your entry may have become lost along the way). Receipt of postal submissions will also be acknowledged (if an email address is provided in the cover letter) but the timeframe for acknowledgement depends upon when we receive the entry by post.

    Multiple entries are allowed throughout the period of the competition. All short story submissions are judged anonymously by the interim and Grand Judges to ensure impartiality. You may submit any number of short stories, and have any number of short stories on the shortlist. Absolutely no prejudice is held against authors who have submitted more than one work of fiction, or with more than one shortlisted story.

    Entries are allowed from ALL nationalities. Indeed, the judges are keen to see work from as many countries as possible. However, entries must be in the English language.

    Story Rights & Conditions

    Entries to the Aeon Award short fiction contest must NOT have been previously published in ANY format in the English language (if in doubt about eligibility, please do feel free to query us). Entries found to have been previously published in English will be disqualified from the competition. Short stories previously published in languages other than English are eligible to enter the competition. This is in line with our goal of promoting writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres from as many regions of the world as possible.

    Short stories submitted to the Aeon Award writing contest in each round must NOT be submitted or published elsewhere in any format until the stories that have been chosen for the shortlist are announced on the Albedo One website after the end of each round. If your story has not been chosen for the shortlist after the round in which it was entered, you are then free to submit elsewhere.

    Short stories that are chosen for the shortlist after each round must NOT be submitted or published elsewhere until the top six stories from the shortlist have been chosen and announced on the Albedo One website (normally in December of each year). Shortlisted stories found to have been submitted or published elsewhere before the announcement of the top six shortlisted stories will be disqualified from consideration in the competition.

    Once the top six stories are announced, all other stories on the shortlist may be submitted or published elsewhere (i.e.absolutely all rights revert to the authors). Of the top six shortlisted stories, Albedo One retains the right, for a limited time, to publish these stories. Authors of these stories will be informed of whether their story will be published in Albedo One within amaximum of two months from the announcement of the top six shortlisted stories.

    Of the top three stories (which are guaranteed publication in Albedo One), these must NOT be published elsewhere until after their publication in Albedo One (i.e. rights revert to the authors upon publication – for those concerned, Albedo One and the Aeon Award short fiction contest never, ever, claim permanent rights to your stories).

    Payment Details & Options

    All stories entered in the Aeon Award short fiction contest must be accompanied by a modest entry fee of €7.50 (euro).

    Payment may be made securely and easily via the PayPal button above. Note, you do NOT need a PayPal account to use this option. PayPal accepts payment from all major credit and debit cards and is internationally recognised as a fast, easy and secure way to make online payments (see

    You may use PayPal to pay for entries submitted by post or email. For entries paid by PayPal, please provide either your unique Transaction Id code (which will look something like 98B96318D4186023G) OR your unique Receipt Number (which will look something like 2494-4301-2019-0796) with your cover letter (be it for postal or email submissions). These numbers are provided to you by PayPal as you complete the payment process and allow us to verify that you have indeed paid the entry fee (which we have kept as low as is feasible, to ensure that the Aeon Award writing competition is accessible to as many people as possible).

    Alternatively, for further alternative payment options (e.g. cheque, bank draft) please contact

    The €7.50 entry fee may also be paid in cash enclosed in the envelope with your short story submission.

    Please be aware that we will check to see that the entry fee has been paid by one of the above means prior to reading your submission. The Aeon Award short fiction contest is intended to be open to as many people as possible, so if you have any queries or difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact and we will do our best to accomodate you.

    We understand that entry rules to fiction contests or writing competitions can be intimidating and complex, so please do feel free to contact us at But before doing so, you may find an answer to your questions at the Aeon Award writing competition FAQ.

Writers’ Contests and Competitions

I know how difficult it is to earn a living from writing. I thought I would share monthly contests and competitions that offer cash prizes and publication. I will continue to post throughout the year. Have fun!

Georgetown Review Contest

Deadline: October 15

Entry Fee: $10, $5 each additional entry

Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Details: Any theme or subject; all genres. (In some years, a theme is required)

Contact: Georgetown Review Contest, 400 East College St, Box 227, Georgetown, KY 40324


Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Deadline: October 1

Entry Fee: $20

Prizes: $5,000 and publication

Details: Prose: to 25 pages

Contact:Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, 357 McReynolds Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia. MO 65211



Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest

Deadline:October 1

Entry Fee:$15

Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250; winner and seven finalists will be considered for representation by top literary agencies

Details:Literary Fiction to 5,000 words

Contact: Zoetrope: All-Story, Attn: Short Fiction Contest, 916 Kearny St., San Francisco, Ca. 94133



I am not receiving any form of compensation from these contests. I encourage you to check the websites for any changes in deadlines or policy.