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National Writing Contest
Original, unpublished novels are sought in this annual contest. Manuscripts must be at least 90 pages in length.

The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes
Offers prize money totalling 2,500 pounds for essays (maximum 2,000 words), short stories (maximum 4,000 words), serials or novellas (up to 20,000 words), and poetry (maximum 100 lines). Closes November 30. Modest entry fees.

Page One Contests
A writing contest, in which readers are urged to write 100 words on a given theme, in order to win a copy of a current book.

Painted Bride Fiction and Poetry Contests
Literary short stories (maximum 5,000 words) and poetry are sought in contests sponsored by Rutgers University. Reading fees: $10 and $5 respectively. Deadline: September 30. $1000 prize in each category, plus publication in PBQ.

The Parable Award for Literary Christian Fiction
Seeks unpublished, original novels of Christian fiction, suitable either for children or adults. Deadline: December 1. Reading fee: $1. Cash prize: $100.

Paraclete Press Fiction Contest
Paraclete Press, a Christian multi-media company, seeks an original, unpublished novel. Minimum length: 40,000 words. Prize: $2,000 in advance royalties. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: February 1, 2004.

Park Publications U.K.
Publishers of the magazines, "Scribble" and "Countryside Tales", holding quarterly competitions for original, unpublished short stories and poems, some open, some limited to specific themes.

Peralta Press Writing Awards
Annual contest seeks poetry (maximum: 30 lines), short stories and non-fiction (both maximum: 2,000 words). Minimum entry fee: $10. Cash prizes total: $750. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: August 15.

Playwriting Contest
Annual contest seeks original, unproduced plays, open in theme, but suitable in both subject, and language, for family-oriented amateur groups. The winner receives a $1,000 royalty advance, and publication.

Pomegranate Words Writing Contests
Offers free monthly contests for poetry and fiction. Open worldwide, but to teenagers only.

Pronghorn Press Publishing
Promotes annual prose (up to 5,000 words) and poetry (no more than 60 lines) contests relating to contemporary life in three specific regions, namely, the Rockies, the Desert Southwest, and the Northwest Coast.

Richard J. Margolis Award
A $4,000 prize, awarded annually to a promising non-fiction writer whose work combines "wisdom, humor, warmth, and concern, combined with social justice." Deadline: July 1.

River City Writing Awards in Fiction and Poetry
A journal based at the University of Memphis, offers annual cash awards for both original, unpublished short stories (maximum 7,500 words) and poetry (maximum 2 pages). Closes March 1. Entry fees: $12 and $5, respectively.

Santa Fe Writers Project
SFWP provides resources for authors and features online fiction as well as an annual writing contest for prose, both fiction and non-fiction, including short stories, essays and sample chapters of novels. $6,000 in cash prizes. Deadline: mid-January.

Sarabande Books - Poetry & Short Fiction Contests
Open to U.S. citizens only, Sarabande offers an annual $2,000 prize for both poetry (minimum 48 pages) and short fiction (minimum 150 pages).

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