The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize

Awarded annually to the best unpublished short fiction on any theme up to 5,000 words in English. All U.S. entrants receive a complimentary copy of the spring prize issue. No electronic submissions.

Published: May 30, 2013

Iowa Short Fiction Award

Submit a previously unpublished collection of short stories of at least 150 words. 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 regular mail only.

Published: May 30, 2013

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Submit an original, unpublished short story of no more than 2,500 words.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Entries must be previously unpublished and fiction entries should be no longer than 25 typed, double-spaced pages.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 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Seeks previously unpublished, original short stories between 5,000 and 15,000 words for its 10th annual contest.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