Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing

Spalding University’s 65-hour, brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. During each semester, students and faculty work together at a 10-day residency (in Louisville or abroad), after which they return home to study independently with a faculty mentor through an exchange of 5 packets of writing. Areas offered: …

Published: July 17, 2013

Hampton Roads Writers 5th Annual Writers’ Conference

One evening plus two full days of workshops, two best-selling keynoters, two first ten-lines critique sessions, 32 workshops/breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, ten-page manuscript evaluations, and cash prize, no fee contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry. Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, memoir, poetry, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book …

Published: July 12, 2013

2013 Professional Writers of Prescott Writing Contest

Send entries as an attachment to with entry form located on contest website. Must be 18 or older to enter. Max 3,000 words for fiction and nonfiction. Max five pages for poem/collection of poems.

Published: July 12, 2013

The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series

New Rivers Press, a 45-year-old, not-for-profit literary press at Minnesota State University Moorhead, is seeking manuscripts from new and emerging authors in the genres of Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Westerns, Young Adult, Inspirational and all sub-genres, for The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series, an eBook-only series of popular fiction titles with …

Published: July 8, 2013

Glimmer Train Contests

Fiction contests held every month with various themes. Word counts 1,500-20,000 and genres range from family matters, to open fiction, to short story award for new writers.

Published: July 5, 2013

Iowa Short Fiction Award

Submit a previously unpublished collection of short stories of at least 150 pages. Manuscripts that have been published in periodicals are not eligible. Authors cannot have a published book of fiction. Submit between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 by postal mail only.

Published: July 5, 2013

The St. Lawrence Book Award

Submit an unpublished collection of poetry or short stories by online submission manager. Open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. Submission period: July 1-Aug. 31. 45-90 pages for poetry, 120-280 pages for fiction.

Published: July 5, 2013

Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest

Submit short story, 2,500 words max; personal essay/memoir, 2,500 words max; or poetry, 40 lines max. Send four copies of each entry. All winning entries will be published in the 2013 edition of SSA’s The Story Teller. All entries will receive judge’s comments.

Published: July 2, 2013