This week’s batch includes a fellowship for parents, the Crab Orchard Review’s genre prizes, and a poetry contest. Deadlines range from April 15-21.
The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents is currently open for submission. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but can be at any stage in their writing career. All genres and styles of fiction are welcome, but no plays or poetry. Novel excerpts are acceptable if they can stand alone as a story. Entries should not exceed 1,498 words. The winner will receive $1,000 as well as a full year of promotion. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: April 16, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Crab Orchard Review offers three literary prizes: the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident. Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length. Prose entries may be up to 6,000 words for fiction and up to 6,500 words for literary nonfiction. Each winner will receive $2,000 and publication. Finalists will receive $500 and publication. Entry fee: $25 per entry (includes a subscription); $10 per additional entry. Deadline: April 21, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest is currently accepting submissions. Entries must be unpublished and can include up to three poems, maximum ten pages in length. The winner will receive poem $1,000 and publication in SRPR. Two runners-up will receive $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.