This week’s batch of contests includes a prize for military veterans and active duty members as well as a poetry prize and short story contest. The deadline for all prizes is May 15.
The Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award is open to U.S. military veterans and active duty service members. Submissions may be poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. There is no theme. Work must be previously unpublished. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Iowa Review. Second place will receive $750 and three runners up will receive $500 each. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: May 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Academy of American Poets is currently accepting submissions for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which is awarded to the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. The contest is open to any book of original poetry, in English, during 2013 in a standard edition by a living American citizen. A standard edition is 40 pages or more in length. Self-published books are not eligible. The winner will receive $25,000. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: May 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is currently accepting submissions. The prize is open to both U.S. and international entrants but stories must be written in English. Only literary fiction will be considered. Entries should not exceed 6,000 words. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication in the fall issue of Carve Magazine. Second place will receive $500, third place will receive $250, and two Editor’s Choice picks will receive $125. All runners up will receive publication. Entry fee: $17 online; $15 by mail. Deadline: May 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.