This week’s batch of contests is mostly for prose writers (both fiction and nonfiction) but does include one poetry contest. Deadlines range from October 15-October 31.
The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Creative Writing Program. The winner will receive $1,500, publication in the Salt Hill Journal of Syracuse University, and will be invited to read the winning entry, all expenses paid (within the continental US), at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 held in February. Entries should be no more than 25 pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Previously published work is eligible. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: October 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest is now open. Stories can be about families of all configurations. Stories must be fiction (though they can draw on real life experiences) and should not exceed 12,000 words. The winner will receive $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. Second place will receive $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Third place will receive $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Entry fee: $15 per entry; no more than 3 entries per person. Deadline: October 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Table 4 Writers Foundation, dedicated to honoring the memory of Elaine Kaufman, is currently offering grants of $2,500. Submissions must be previously unpublished prose (fiction or nonfiction) that deals with some aspect of New York City in a meaningful way. Entries can be short stories, essays, or book excerpts, and should be limited to 4-10 pages or 1,000 to 2,500 words. Collaborative pieces are not allowed. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 20, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is an annual award for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English, in honor of T. S. Eliot’s intellectual and artistic legacy. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press. Manuscripts should be between 60 and 100 pages of original poetry and should not be previously published. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: October 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.