It Must Have Been Love Poetry Competition

Inspired by the romantic hit song “It Must Have Been Love,” write a beautiful poem that captures all the romance, intensity or drama of falling in or out of love. Interpret the theme in any way that you like but make your poem creatively believable.

Published: February 4, 2014

Wag’s Revue Winter Contest

The 2014 Wag’s Revue Winter Contest opens December 1, 2013 and closes February 28th, 2014. It is open to all three genres — fiction, poetry and essays. The contest is judged by the editors. Winners will be announced in the spring. We also strongly encourage those interested in submitting to familiarize themselves with the magazine …

Published: February 4, 2014

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry. Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted …

Published: February 4, 2014

The Iowa Review Awards

Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Judges for the 2014 Iowa Review Awards are Robyn Schiff (poetry), Rachel Kushner (fiction), and David Shields (nonfiction). RULES: Submit up to 25 pages of prose (double-spaced) or 10 pages of poetry …

Published: January 10, 2014

The Puritan

The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews and reviews. The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. We embrace work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent and engaging. The Puritan pays competitive rates …

Published: January 7, 2014

Tethered By Letters’ Spring Poetry Contest

Currently accepting poetry submissions of no more than three pages per poem. TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles of writing. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters’ Spring Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication after working with a Senior Editor. …

Published: January 7, 2014

“Blue” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent

The competition theme is “Blue.” Shades, spaces, feelings of blue. Show us what blue means to you. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights.

Published: January 7, 2014

Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry

We love words! And even more than words, we love seeing what you do with them. So submit today, tomorrow, or anytime before December 31st for a chance to win $500 and be published in Issue 61 of Bayou Magazine.

Published: December 20, 2013

Colorado Prize for Poetry

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing and distribution by the University Press of Colorado. Manuscripts must be between 48 and 100 pages. Individual poems may be previously published, …

Published: December 17, 2013

1,000 Prompts, 1,000 Dollars

How to Enter: 1. Pick a prompt from one of the 10 available pages. 2. Write your story and make sure it’s between 500 and 1,500 words. 3. Prepare your story as a post on your own blog or website. Include a link at the end of your post to the prompt you used and …

Published: December 5, 2013