Earth Vision Nature Writing Contest
A contest open to any writer of short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature or deep ecology. Length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry.
Writer's Digest Writing Competitions
Offers $25,000 in prize money for original, unpublished work in ten categories including poetry, short stories, plays, television scripts, articles, and children's fiction. Deadline: mid-May. Also provides separate annual awards for short short stories, screenplays and self-published books.
Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
An annual competition for writers, editors, publications staff, and both business and non-profit communicators.
Arizona Authors Association Awards
AAA requires entries for unpublished poetry, short stories, essays/articles, and novels. Cash prizes of $100 in each category, plus publication, are offered. Deadline: July 1, annually. Entry fees vary from $10 (poetry) to $30 (novels).
Associated Writing Programs Awards
Annual awards of $2,000 (plus publication) are offered for original, unpublished, book-length work in each of three categories: novels, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Reading fee: $20. Deadline: February 28. Open to U.S. residents only.
Information on major literary awards throughout the USA and other countries, particularly focusing on (though not limited to) science fiction and fantasy.
Boston Review Annual Short Story and Poetry Contests
Contests for original, unpublished short stories (up to 4,000 words) and poems (no more than 10 pages) in any genre. Closing dates: September 1, and June 1, respectively. Entry fees: $20, and $15, respectively.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
San Jose State University sponsors this yearly challenge "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels". No entry fee. Official deadline: April 15.
ByLine Magazine Contests
Writers magazine offers a large number of contests throughout the year, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Open to all. Modest cash prizes.
Communicator Awards, The
Annual competitions honoring excellence in all areas of communication, with separate categories for print (177 sub-categories), video (216 sub-categories) and audio (140 sub-categories).
6th Annual Flyway Sweet Corn Prize. $150 and a book bag of Iowa sweet corn for top entries in each category: fiction, nonfiction (maximum: 4,000 words) and poetry. Reading fee: $18. Deadline March 1st.
International STC Technical Communications Competition
The Society for Technical Communication sponsors annual competitions to recognise achievements in the technical communications field.
Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award
Provides a $25,000 award, plus a 3-month residency at Stanford University. Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger and have published no more than one book at the time of application. This award is for fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Deadline: December 1.
Mid-List Press First Series Awards
Offers annual awards for novels, short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Reading fee: $30. Deadlines vary. Open to unpublished writers only. The award includes publication and an advance against royalties.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)
Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
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