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2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest - open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction (by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format). Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Award: The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. Entry fee: $22. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/

The Iowa Review Awards for poetry (to 10 pages), fiction (to 25 pages), creative nonfiction (to 25 pages). Awards: $1500, $750 plus publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: https://iowareview.org/rules

New Millennium Writings 43rd Literary Awards for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and nonfiction. Previously printed works accepted if: 1) Print circulation was under 5,000; or 2) publication was online only. Awards: $1000 for first prize in each category. Winners will also be published online and in the print edition of NMW. Entry fee: $20. Deadline extended: January 31, 2017. Info: www.newmillenniumwritings.org

2017 Disquiet Literary Prize Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Awards: Full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2017 Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disqui et-prize/

The Canadian Magazine Awards / Les Grands prix du magazine to honor he boldest, the best, and the most influential media in Canada in 2016: print, digital and new media. Awards: 26 category awards. Entry fees:  $100 per entry for magazines and magazine staff. Small magazines and freelancers can enter at a reduced rate of $50 per entry. Deadline: January 30, 2017. Info: http://maggrandsprix.ca/guidelines/

Cygnus Awards for Science Fiction novels featuring space, time travel, life on other planets, parallel universes, alternate reality, and all the science, technology, major social or environmental changes of the future. Categories: Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera, Soft Sci-Fi/Young Adult, Speculative Fiction. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Science-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Chanticl eer-Book-Reviews/p/21521218/category=5193080

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Previously published work accepted. Poems must be 30 lines or fewer on any subject. All stories may be on any subject or theme. For example, any fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction stories, essays, short screenplays, diary, blog and journal entries are accepted; 5 pages maximum length on any theme. Awards: Poetry Contest: $250, $125, $50; Story Writing Contest: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. Postmark and electronic deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2016 - stories of 1500 words or fewer, written for an adult (16+) audience in mind with an open theme that has some link, no matter how minor, to Australia. International entries most welcome. Awards: Over $1070 in cash and book prizes, as well as publication, awarded for the best entries. Entry fees: One story - A$12.00; Two stories - A$22.00 ($11 each); Three stories - A$30.00 ($10 each). Deadline: February 5, 2017. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net

Adaptation: Creative Nonfiction special issue - We're looking for original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens. Awards: $3,500 first-place prize. All entries considered for Summer 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue. Entry fee: $20. Deadline extended: February 6, 2017. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/adaptation

29th Annual Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 100 categories under 11 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Entry fee: $179. Deadline: February 15, 2017. Info: www.apexawards.com

The Writer magazine's "Your Turn" essay contest. Write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Award:  $1,000 and publication in the magazine. However, every essay received will be considered for paid publication in The Writer. Entry fees: $25 for first entry; $15 for each succeeding entry. Deadline: February 25, 2017. Info: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/74381/your-turn

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent Theme: "Bliss" a state of joy. Joy can be fed by and expressed in happy, funny or healing stories and artworks. Some ideas of bliss delve into the spiritual within us, states of zen, the idea of manifesting and affirmations, or simple moments of being fully present. Bliss can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. What's your bliss? Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up
to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Awards: Be profiled, get published. Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Journey Awards for Nonfiction books featuring true stories about adventures, life events, unique experiences, travel, personal journeys, global enlightenment and more. Categories: Travelogue Experiences, Global Enlightenment, Culinary/Hobby/Professional Experiences, How To, Self Help, Memoir. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Narrative-Non-fiction-Blue-Ribbon-Award s-Writing-Contest/p/21521217/category=5193080

Summer Literary Seminars' 2017 Fiction & Poetry Contest for short story or novel excerpt, or up to 3 poems per entry. Awards: Publication plus expense-paid packages to attend programs in Tbilisi, Georgia, land of mythical Jason and the Golden Fleece, or in Kenya. Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contests/

Global Thriller Awards for Global Thriller and Lab Lit novels featuring suspense, thrilling stories that put the balance of world power or that will end the world as we know it. Categories: Historic, Lab Lit, Science Fiction, Dramatic, Action/Adventure, CyberTech. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Global-Thriller-Writing-Contest-Chanticle er-Book-Reviews/p/67500767/category=5193080

Writer Advice Flash Memoir Contest.  Dazzle, delight, and entice us in 750 words or less. Awards: $120, $60, $30 and publication. Honorable Mentions: Return of entry fee and possible publication plus listed on the website. Entry fee: $13. Deadline: March 1, 2017. Info: www.writeradvice.com.

34th Annual Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition - Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Literature and Poetry categories. Must be unpublished or self-published. Awards: $150 + WEN membership, $100, $75 plus certificates. Entry fees: $5, $10 or $20 depending on category and membership status. Deadline: March 15, 2017. Click for Guidelines and Entry Form

Dangerous Creations: Real life Frankenstein stories - In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. We're looking for true stories that explore humans' efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity. Awards: $10,000, two $2,500 prizes plus publication. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine issue. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 20, 2017. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-franke nstein-stories

Fabula Press' Nivalis Short Story Competition 2017. No theme. No genre restriction; can be historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children's stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team. Length: 1500 to 7000 words. Awards: $250, $150, $100. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid $50 each. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Info: www.fabulapress.com/short-story-contest-2017/

Mystery & Mayhem Awards for Cozy Mystery novels featuring mystery and mayhem, amateur sleuthing, light suspense, travel mystery, classic mystery, British cozy, and hobby sleuths. Categories: Amateur Sleuth, Romantic Suspense, Historical Mystery, Classic/British Cozy, Mystery Caper/Adventure. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Cozy-Mystery-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/ 21521076/category=5193080

Eighth Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest. No restrictions on genre or length. Awards: $1,000, $100, $25. Five finalists will be published online in June 2017 issue. Entry fee: $5 per story. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

International Rubery Book Award for Book of the Year for self-published and independently published books. Awards: Book of the Year 1500 (approx $2000 US; 1800€). The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning 150 (approx $200, 180€). Entry fee: $60. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

The 2017 Scythe Prize for short stories and essays by undergraduate and graduate student writers. No word limits, no style or form restrictions. Students from around the world are invited to participate, but entries must be in English. Awards: $200 for best essay, $200 for best short story. A number of other pieces will be selected to be published in The 2017 Scythe Prize, a printed book. No entry fee. Writers may submit more than one piece, but only one will be published per author. Deadline: April 1, 2017. Info: www.scytheprize.wordpress.com

EVENT Magazine's Annual Nonfiction Contest. Maximum 5000 words. Awards: $1500 in prize monies plus payment for publication. Entry fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT). Deadline: April 15, 2017 postmark or submitted online. Info: www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/

Hourglass Literary Magazine's second international writing competition for Short Story (7007000 words), Poem (to 3500 words) and Essay (to 9000 words). Awards: Over $5000 in total prizes. The Winning Entry in each category will receive $1000. The jury has the right to give a special prize - $500 for entry in each category. Sponsored by Literature and Latte - Scrivener Award - $250. Consolation awards sponsored by The Literary Encyclopaedia. Editorial staff and board members will take under consideration shortlisted works for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine - selected works will be financially compensated.  Authors retain copyright. Entry fee: $15 per entry; 3 fiction or nonfiction entries $25; up to 3 poems or songs $15. Deadline: April 20, 2017. Info: http://hourglassonline.org/contest/

The New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM chapbook contest. What we want: Interesting, lovely unpublished work (unpublished as a whole; individual pieces may be published already, of course), prose or poetry or some combination or something between genres, 18-44 manuscript pages. Award: $1000 plus publication; finalist chapbooks also considered for publication (in 2016 we published five). Entry fee: $19. Deadline: April 28, 2017. Info: http://thediagram.com/contest.html#2017chapbookguidelines

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: 1000, 700, 400 plus 100 gift card; 17 further prizes of 100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10 . Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: May 3, 2017. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

Gertrude Warner Awards for Middle Grade novels featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about eight to twelve. Categories: Contemporary Middle Grade, SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade, Mystery Middle Grade, Historical Middle Grade, Adventure Middle Grade. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee $55. Deadline: May 30, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Middle-Grade-Fiction-Writing-Contests-C hanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078131/category=5193080

Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult novels featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about twelve to eighteen. Categories: Contemporary YA, SFF & Paranormal, YA Adventure/Romance, YA Historical, Dystopian/Edgy/Urban, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: May 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Young-Adult-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/2 1521206/category=5193080

Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction Pre-1750. Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction, Ancient Historical Fiction; Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance; Elizabethan/Tudor, 1600s, World/International History Pre-1750s, Americas - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Historical-Fiction-Contest/p/21521105/c ategory=5193080

Goethe Awards for Historical Fiction Post-1750. Categories: Regency, Victorian, 1700s/1800s; Turn of the Century, 20th Century, World Wars and Other Wars, World/International History Post 1750s, U.S. History. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Late-Historical-Fiction-Writing-Contest-C hanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57936173/category=5193080

Laramie Awards for Western/Pioneer/Civil War Fiction. Submit novels featuring cowboys, the wild west, pioneering, civil war, and early North American History. Categories: Western Romance, Adventure/Caper, Classic, Civil War/Prairie/Pioneer, Contemporary Western, Western Y/A. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: July 31, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical- Fiction-Novels-Pre-1900s/p/21521125/category=5193080

Chatelaine Awards for Romance & Women's Novels featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart. Categories: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Adventure & Suspense, Historical Romance, Inspirational/Restorative Romance, Romantic Steamy/Sensual. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: August 31, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Con tests/p/21521080/category=5193080

Clue Awards for Thriller/Suspense novels featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving. Categories: Detective/Crime, Suspense/Thriller, Private Eye/Noir, Legal/Medical/Police Procedural, Spy/Espionage. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Mystery-Thriller-Suspense-Writing-Conte st/p/21521209/category=5193080

Little Peeps Awards for Children's Books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience for ages under eight. Categories: Chapter Book, Story Book, Picture Book, Activity Book, Educational Book. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Little-Peeps-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Ch anticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078150/category=5193080

Ozma Awards for Fantasy Fiction Novels featuring magic, the supernatural, imaginary worlds, fantastical creatures, legendary beasts, mythical beings, or inventions of fancy that author imaginations dream up without a basis in science as we know it. Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age, Steampunk/Dieselpunk/Gaslight Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Modern/Urban Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth & Legend. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Fantasy-Writing-Contests-Sword-&-Sorc ery-Fiction-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57162380/category=5193080

Paranormal Awards for Paranormal Novels featuring magic, the supernatural, weird other worldly stories, super humans, magical beings and supernatural entities, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, Fairy, Magical systems and elements. Categories: Adventure/Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Magical Beings & Creatures, Strange and Unexplained, Supernatural powers. Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Paranormal-Writing-Competition/p/2591 7402/category=5193080

Somerset Awards for Literary/Contemporary/Mainstream Novels featuring contemporary stories, literary themes, adventure, satire, humor, magic realism or women and family themes. Categories: Contemporary Theme, Adventure/Suspense, Literary, Women's Fiction, Satire, Magic Realism. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $55. Deadline: November 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writi ng-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080

 

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