Western New England University

If you are looking for a program to take your writing to the next level, to help you fine-tune your craft, and gain insight into the world of publishing, explore the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction).

Published: September 8, 2016

Signo Novella contest

For an unpublished novella of 15,000-40,000 words. In English. For full terms and conditions, please see the website

Published: August 18, 2016

Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Established in 2015 to nurture the unique and vibrant channels through which fiction has carried us, the Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is …

Published: August 18, 2016

The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards

The Malahat Review invites entries to its annual Open Season Awards. A prize of $4500 is given over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Submissions of poetry should be 3 poems max, 100 lines each; submissions of prose should be no longer than 2500 words. This year’s judges are Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, and Molly …

Published: August 18, 2016

Story Shares Relevant Reads – Story of the Year Contest

In order to expand the collection of stories in the Story Shares Literacy Hub, Story Shares is launching their annual ‘2016 RELEVANT READS Story of the Year Contest.’ Story Shares is dedicated to filling their library with more Relevant Reads – stories that are engaging and accessible to benefit struggling teen and young adult readers. …

Published: August 18, 2016

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is given annually to an outstanding, unpublished short fiction collection and is open to writers at all stages of their careers. Manuscripts should be between 100 and 250 pages, standard font, double spaced with numbered pages. Submit by mail or through Submittable. Winning manuscript and writer announced no …

Published: August 18, 2016

Minute Poetry Contest

The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that have the same syllable count. So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. It usually has 12 lines total (so 60 syllables). It is also normally written in a strict iambic meter but for this contest the rhyme scheme …

Published: August 18, 2016

DWL Short Story Contest

DWL’s fifth annual short story contest is now accepting entries. There’s NO entry fee. Contest is open to writers worldwide. Send original and unpublished stories in English of up to 5,000 words to [email protected] Three winners will receive $100 each and be eligible for the PKR 50,000 (approximately $500) Dastaan Award.

Published: August 18, 2016

2017 Kathy Fish Flash Fiction Fellowship

SmokeLong Quarterly will accept submissions July 15 through September 15, 2016, for its 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The winner of the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer-in-residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2017). Each issue will include …

Published: August 18, 2016

Cinquain Poetry

Write a Cinquain . Each line in this poem has a specific number of syllables. Line 1 – 2 syllables. Line 2 – 4 syllables. Line 3 – 6 syllables. Line 4 – 8 syllables. Line 5 – 2 syllables. A cinquain is a short and usually unrhymed poem. Your cinquain can be written about …

Published: August 18, 2016