Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7 great writing contests for literary journals with upcoming submission deadlines

It's time to get that essay, short story or memoir excerpt into tip-top shape and submit. I did!
(Be sure to click on each link to read the submission guidelines. Most entries can be submitted online and require a reading fee of $15-25, which also goes toward a subscription to the journal.)

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. 
The contest awards $1,500 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner in each genre. Two honorable mentions in each genre will be awarded $250. 
All entries will be considered for publication and the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.

Deadline: March 24th

The Arts & Letters Prizes competition offers publication and a $1000 (US) prize for winners in: Fiction (Short Story), Poetry, Drama (One-Act Play), and Creative Nonfiction (Essay). 

In addition to publication and $1,000 prize, the prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March); the winning playwright is brought to campus to attend the production and receive the prize.


Deadline: March 15
Fourth Genre will seek the best creative nonfiction essay for its annual Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize. Authors of previously unpublished manuscripts are encouraged to enter.
The winning author receives $1,000 and the winning entry will be published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be considered for publication. 
Electronic submissions will not be considered.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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 Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, 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.

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

Vela’s Nonfiction Contest

Deadline: March 31
Vela publishes literary journalism, essays, memoir, and narrative nonfiction written by women and inspired by travel. We’re looking for creative nonfiction with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. We’re interested in a wide range of essays and stories, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and expository or experimental essays. We are not a “women’s magazine,” and are not looking for work that is written solely for a female audience.

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. One runner-up from each genre will receive $100 and finalists will receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.
We are looking for prose that is arresting, that grabs us from the first word and refuses to let go, that blows our minds or breaks our hearts. We want to read prose that feels unexpected, prose that fearlessly extends the boundaries of form, language, and narrative.

Deadline: May 31, 2014
We’re looking for stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it.
Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for Runner-up.

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