Sunday, October 18, 2020

Writing Competition: Narrative Fall Story Contest

Fall 2020 Story Contest

Our fall contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win Whiting Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $27 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is November 30, 2020, at midnight, Pacific standard time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by December 31, 2020. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information. 

Click here to submit your work.

Writing Competition: Academy of American Poets First Book Award (formerly Walt Whitman Award)

Academy of American Poets First Book Award

The Academy of American Poets First Book Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members, and promotion in American Poets magazine.

The 2021 judge is Claudia Rankine. Submissions will be accepted from September 16, 2020 to November 16, 2020.

This award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is currently made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets. From 1975 - 2020, the award was titled in tribute to Walt Whitman. 

Entry Fee: $35.00

Deadline: November 16, 2020

Writing Competitions: The New Guard Poetry and Fiction Contests

The New Guard Tenth Anniversary Editor’s Edition is open for submissions! TNG Volume X will be judged by TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. The deadline for both contests is November 20, 2020. We’re excited to read your work!

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: Final Judges are TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. $22 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: Final Judges are TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Please note we do not accept novel excerpts. $22 entry fee.


We accept .doc and .docx files. International entries are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. Entrants have no submission entry limit. Each submission is carefully considered for publication.

We do pay strict attention to word and line count. Stories submitted over word count (5000 words) will be disqualified; poetry over the 150 line count will also be disqualified. Please submit previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including self-publishing, blogs and/or social networking or video readings) disqualify an entry. We no longer accept entries via postal mail.

Finalists and semi-finalists receive one free copy of The New Guard; winners receive two copies. Winners and selected finalists and semi-finalists will be published in our print publication. TNG is not published online.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. Writers must be at least eighteen years of age to enter. Please note that we do not presently accept unsolicited submissions--we are considering contest entries only at this time.

A note on conflict of interest when submitting: Please submit writing that our Judges have not read. Writers who have directly worked with TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair or TNG Consulting Editor Scott Wolven on a poem or short story (via The Writer’s Hotel or other venue) may not enter that same poem or short story for the contest; the short story or poem will be disqualified.

TNG holds a membership with Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. We follow standard literary magazine contest rule ethics. 

Enter here.


Call for Submissions to Anthology: Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology

Call for Submissions: Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology

Deadline: December 31, 2020

While the pandemic has ravaged our world, certain populations have been impacted more deeply than others. Essential Voices strives to give voice to those who have been silenced. Send us your poems, stories, recipes, or works of art that reflect upon the experience of COVID and COVID related issues in your life. This anthology will be published by West Virginia University Press. Visit us at our website for guidelines before submitting to:

essentialanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions from Young Creatives: BreakBread Literacy Project


BreakBread Magazine Seeks Work From Young Creatives

Extended Deadline: November 15

 BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives between the ages of 13 and 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories, comics and visual arts (photography, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work) that explore new directions in arts and letters. Submissions are always free.

Visit our Submittable link to send us your work.

Check out our website for more information.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Underrepresented Protagonists: Utopia Science Fiction

Call for Submissions - Utopia Science Fiction

We're looking for enthralling, upbeat stories set in futures we might want to live in. In contrast to growing dystopian stories and darker themes that seem so abundant in today's literature. We invite you instead to share in our vision of a better tomorrow. Of a future filled with wonder and hope. We publish stories that transport us to another world, a bright future, one we want to believe in, one we'll fight to see realized.

The theme of our next issue is ‘underrepresented protagonists.’

Call for Submissions: great weather for MEDIA


Call for Submissions - great weather for MEDIA

Deadline: January 15 2021

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental.

Please visit our website for guidelines.