Fiction

Family Circle Fiction Contest

Submit an original, unpublished short story of no more than 2,500 words. Must be a resident of the U.S. and at least 21 years old. Send in via regular mail only.

Published: May 30, 2013

Robert Watson Literary Prizes

Entries must be previously unpublished and fiction entries should be no longer than 25 typed, double-spaced pages. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages. Submit via Submittable or regular mail (make sure to mark outside of envelope “Fiction” or “Poetry”).

Published: May 30, 2013

The International 3-Day Novel Contest

Held every Labor Day weekend, entrants are challenged to produce a novel in three days. Finished works are submitted via mail for judging. Outlines created before the three days are permitted but all writing must be done in the timeframe. Preregister by mail by the Friday before the contest.

Published: May 30, 2013

Terrain.org Annual Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Submit original fiction or nonfiction of up to 6,000 words, or submit 3-5 poems or one long poem of at least five pages. The theme is “Elemental.” Submit online only. Contest judges: Poetry, judged by John Daniel Fiction, judged by Teague Bohlen Nonfiction, judged by Kathryn Miles

Published: May 30, 2013

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

Submit a novella up to 50,000 words or a 200 page manuscript of short stories, any topic will be considered. Previously published work is also admissible.

Published: May 30, 2013

Gival Press Short Story Award

Seeks previously unpublished, original short stories between 5,000 and 15,000 words for its 10th annual contest. Must be a high literary quality, standalone story.

Published: May 30, 2013

Dream Quest One Writing Contest – Summer 2013

THE DREAMQUESTONE WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone that loves writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Write a short story five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Visit our website for details on how to enter!

Published: May 30, 2013

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards honors books by self-published and traditionally published indie authors that “deliver the funny” in the categories of fiction and non-fiction. E-book and print titles released between 2012 – 2013 are eligible.

Published: May 28, 2013

Bard Fiction Prize

Offered to encourage and support young fiction writes, the prize is open to American citizens age 39 or younger at the time of application. Requires the applicant to submit a published book that shows their best work.

Published: May 28, 2013