Hamlin Garland Short Story Award. Submit stories up to 7,000 words. Prize: $2,000 and publication. Entry fee $20. Deadline Dec. 10. www.beloit.edu/fiction-journal/hamlin-garland-award/
Sherwood Anderson Prize for fiction up to 6,000 words. Prize: $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $10. Deadline Dec. 15. https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/
James Wright Poetry Prize. Submit up to three poems. Prize: $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $10. Deadline Dec. 15. https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/
Iceland Writer’s Retreat Prize. Submit a 350-word story, essay, or poem inspired by the photo on the website www.icelandwritersretreat.com/win-spot-iceland-writers-retreat-2019-3/ to win a free spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat and four nights at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. (Does not include airfare or other expenses.) No entry fee. Deadline Dec. 16.
The Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest seeks poems of up to 30 lines or short stories up to five pages. Prose prizes: $500, $250, $100. Poetry prizes: $250, $125, and $50. Entry fee: $10 for short story, $5 per poem. Deadline Dec. 28. www.dreamquestone.com
The Danahy Prize for original unpublished short fiction, 500–5,000 words. Prize: $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $20. Deadline Dec. 31. https://tampareview.org/the-danahy-fiction-prize/
George Garrett Fiction Prize for short story collections or novels, 40,000–120,000 words. Winner gets $1,000 advance, standard royalty contract, 20 copies. Entry fee $28. Deadline Dec. 31. https://texasreview.submittable.com/submit/1487/the-george-garrett-fiction-prize
Boulevard contest for writers who have not yet published with a nationally distributed press. Seeking unpublished fiction up to 8,000 words. Prize $1,500 and publication. Entry fee $16. Deadline Dec. 31. https://boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest/
Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize. Submit up to five poems. Prize $500 and publication. Entry fee $15. Deadline Dec. 31. https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2019/10/announcing-the-opening-of-the-laurence-goldstein-poetry-prize/
Pat Conroy Literary Center is now accepting applications for writers’ residencies in spring 2020. Stay in a guest cottage on St. Helena Island, SC. Open to published and unpublished writers. Deadline Jan. 5, 2020. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Announcing-Conroy-Center-s-First-Writer-s-Residency.html?soid=1124256585060&aid=vAnjYPdtcEI
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