Contests, Markets & Grants

Florida Review awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners in each category: $1,000 and publication in the Florida Review. Entry fee $25. Deadline April 15.

Wellspring House Fellowship: A Room of Your Own to Write. Applications now accepted for an emerging writer fellowship of six months to a year, including housing and monthly stipend of $2,000, at Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA. Deadline April 15.

Agha Shahid Ali Prize for poetry books. Prize $1,000 and publication by University of Utah Press. Entry fee $25. Deadline April 15.

Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest. First prize, $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $20. Deadline April 15.

Paper Nautilus Debut Series Contest (for writers without full-length collections or chapbooks) and Vella Contest (open to all). For poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, and multi- or hybrid-genre manuscripts. Winners receive publication, 50 to 100 perfect-bound copies, and 10 percent royalties. Entry fees: $5 to $14. Deadline April 20. 

Memoir Magazine #MeToo Nonfiction Essay Contest. Theme: sexual violence and domestic abuse; women, men, emerging writers, and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit essays up to 7,000 words. Prize $500 and publication. Entry fee $20. Deadline April 30.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes entries up to 6,000 words. Prize: online publication and $2,000 for best story; $2,000 for best essay. Entry fee $20. Deadline April 30.

Outrider Press Anthology Contest seeks poetry and prose. Anthology working title is Loon Magic and Other Night Sounds. All winners will have featured reader status at Loon Magic’s kickoff reading at Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Book Fair. First prizes $500. Entry fee $19. Deadline April 30.

University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose series. Books of poetry or fiction must be submitted by May 1. Address all submissions and any queries to the editor of the New Poetry and Prose series at: Please submit full manuscripts only. 

Peninsula Pulse Hal Prize for fiction and nonfiction (up to 2,000 words), poetry, and photography.  Winners receive publication, cash prizes, and a one-week writing retreat in Door County, WI. Entry fees $2.25 to $5. Deadline May 1. 

Next Great Writer Contest for fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words or up to five poems. First prize, $150; second prize $100. Entry fee $10. Deadline: postmarked by May 3. See details online: