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Contests, Markets & Grants

Murphy Writing of Stockton University’s Live Free and Write retreat in New Hampshire. Apply for a $500 scholarship to attend this retreat, August 18–23. http://murphywriting.com/nh. Deadline June 5. 


Murphy Writing of Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway in New Jersey. Apply for a full scholarship to attend this getaway. http://murphywriting.com/shore. Deadline June 7. 


Creative Nonfiction seeks true unpublished stories/essays (up to 4,000 words) on “power.” www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/power. Deadline June 10. 

Akron Poetry Prize. Open to all poets writing in English. Prize $1,500 and publication. https://theuniversityofakronpress.submittable.com/submit. Deadline June 15.


Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. Backbone Press is accepting submissions of up to three unpublished poems. Prize: $500 and publication online. www.backbonepress.org/lucille-clifton-prize/. Deadline June 15.


Prairie Schooner seeks unpublished poetry and prose for a special portfolio on the theme of clothing. “What we wear (and what we don’t wear) is a highly political act.” Submit up to five pages of poems or ten pages of prose, with contact info, and three-line, third-person bio to: Christian.Adrienne@rocketmail.com. Deadline June 15. 


Poeming Pigeon seeks “your best stargazing poems.” https://thepoetrybox.com/the-poeming-pigeon. Deadline June 15. 


New Writers Awards for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction books. Winners in each category receive an all-expense-paid trip to several of the Great Lakes Colleges Association colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of at least $500, to give readings, meet students, and lead discussions and classes. Books published in 2018 and 2019 are eligible. No entry fee. http://www.glca.org/glcaprograms/new-writers-award. Deadline June 25.


Autumn House Fiction Prize seeks submissions of 200 to 300 pages in any genre. The winner receives publication and $2,500. All finalists will be considered for publication. Entry fee $30. https://www.autumnhouse.org/submissions/fiction/. Deadline June 30.


Hard Times Essay Contest seeking essays (up to 5,000 words) about how writers faced and overcame difficult experiences and were changed by them. Entry fee $25. https://www.twwoa.org/contests.html. Deadline June 30.


Bellevue Literary Review Contest seeks fiction and nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), and poetry (up to three poems) related to health, healing, illness, the mind and body. First prize in each genre is $1,000 and publication. Honorable mention: $250 and publication. Entry fee $20. https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit. Deadline July 1.


Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. Prize $500 and publication in the January/February 2020 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. Five runners-up receive $100 and online publication. Deadline July 1. www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest.