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This week’s batch of contests includes poetry, general fiction, military fiction, and mixed genre. Deadlines range from Nov 18-Dec 1.

The Crab Orchard Review Open Competition awards two prizes for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. The winners receive $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press. Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page. Entry fee: $25 ($28 online). Deadline: November 18, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, all with November 30 deadlines.

The Cider Press Review Book Award offers $1,500 and publication to a full-length book of poetry. The winner also receives 25 author’s copies. Submissions should be between 48-80 pages in length, written in English, and previously unpublished in book form (individual poems may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, etc.). Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

Bear Star Press is currently accepting poetry manuscripts for its 2014 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, which is awarded to a writer living west of the central time zone. Writers must currently reside in the Mountain or Pacific time zones, Alaska, or Hawaii. All work must be original and manuscripts should be between 50 and 65 pages in length. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

Carolina Wren Press is currently accepting manuscripts

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This week’s batch of contests are for poets and fiction writers and include some hefty cash prizes. Deadlines range from November 15-30.

The University of North Texas is seeking submissions for its annual Rilke Prize, which awards a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year. Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry and be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013 and may be submitted by publishers or poets themselves. The winner will receive $10,000 and will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on April 8th and 9th, 2014. Deadline: November 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of prizes are for the fiction and nonfiction writers out there. Deadlines range from Nov 1-Nov 16.

The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories: American History (including biography) and Diplomacy. The 2014 prizes are for books published in 2013. The term “American” includes all the Americas, North, Central, and South; however, the award is confined to works originally written in English or of which there is a published translation in English. Previous winners have received a $10,000 stipend. Deadline: November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a brand new residency opportunity as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contests. The deadline for each is November 1.

Fiction Collective 2 (FC2) is currently seeking entries for their innovative fiction contests. The Catherine Doctorow Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. The winner will receive $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. The Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication by FC2. Submissions for either contest may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Entry fee: $25.  Deadline: November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes two poetry contests, a residency, and one multi-genre competition, with deadlines ranging from October 25-31.

The James Hearst Poetry Prize is currently open for submissions. Entries may include up to five poems. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2014 issue of the North American Review. Entry fee: $20 (includes a one year subscription to the North American Review). Deadline: October 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Poetry Society of the United Kingdom is currently seeking submissions for the National Poetry Competition. The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. The winner will receive £5000 (approximately $7,588 USD), publication in Poetry Review, and will be invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2014. Poems should not exceed 40 lines and should be written in English. Entry fee: £6 (approximately $9.61) for the first entry and £3.50 ($5.60) for each subsequent entry. Deadline: October 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2014 competitions. First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop, which will be held March 17-18, 2014. Entries may be five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter. Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words. Entry fee: $20. One entry per category. Deadline: October 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is currently accepting applications for their 2014 Writer/Storyteller in Residence. The three-month residency, from September 8 to December 8, 2014, will require the resident to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop.  The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own projects. The resident will also receive a salary of $15,000 CAD. Applicants should provide a cover letter, a CV of career achievements, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, and two letters of reference. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Deadline: October 25, 2013. For more information please visit the website.

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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.

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This week’s batch includes one residency, one fellowship, one traveling scholarship, and one fiction contest, with deadlines ranging from October 1-October 15.

The Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship is an annual scholarship of approximately $54,000 established to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work. Applicants should submit a representative sample of their poetry. The sample must not exceed either one printed volume plus no more than 20 typed pages of your most recent work, or if you do not have a printed volume you may send up to 40 typed pages of your poetry. Deadline: October 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Dora Maar Fellowship is currently seeking applications from outstanding mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities for residencies from the Brown Foundation Fellows Program. Applicants must include their C.V., two professional references, a project description, a community participation description, and two writing samples of no more than 20 pages. The fellowship term begins February 1 or after and ends no later than June 30. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Southern Indiana Review is seeking submissions for the Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award. This year the prize will be awarded to a work of fiction. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication. Entries can be a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt of up to 40 pages. Entry fee: $20 per entry; $5 for each additional entry. Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Thornton Writer Residency Program is a 14-week residency at Lynchburg College awarded annually to a fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction writer, or playwright for the spring term. The writer-in-residence teaches a weekly creative writing workshop, visits classes, and gives a public reading. The residency includes a stipend, housing, some meals, and round-trip travel expenses. Applicants must submit a copy of a previously published book, their curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, a workshop course proposal with sample syllabus, and contact information for 3 references. Deadline: October 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and all of them have an October 1 deadline.

The American Literary Review is currently accepting submissions for its three Literary Awards: Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. Short fiction entries should not exceed 8,000 words and creative nonfiction should not exceed 6,500 words. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

Alice James Books is currently accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts for the Kinereth Gensler Award. Submissions must be 48-80 pages in length (single spaced). Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Emerging as well as established poets are encouraged to apply. Entrants must reside in New England, New York, or New Jersey. The winner will receive $2,000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium and will serve a three-year term on the Alice James Books Cooperative Board. Entry fee: $25 for hard copy submission; $30 for online submission. Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Boston Review is currently accepting submissions for its Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication in the Boston Review. Entry fee: $20 (includes a half year subscription to the journal). Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

Zoetrope: All-Story is currently seeking all genres of literary fiction for their Short Fiction Contest. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250. Stories must be previously unpublished and cannot exceed 5,000 words. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests include a nonfiction contest, 2 poetry contests, and one quirky novel contest, with deadlines ranging from September 10-October 1.

The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize is currently seeking submissions for the best creative nonfiction piece. Essays should not exceed 10,000 words. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters. Two honorable mentions will receive $100 each. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: September 10, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-100 pages, with no more than one poem per page. The winner will receive $2,000, book publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 copies of the book. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: September 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Quirk Books “Looking for Love” Fiction Contest is now open for submissions. Entries should be love stories that are “fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional.” The contest is open to any professional or nonprofessional writer, regardless of nationality, but the work must be written in English. All manuscripts must be original works of book length (at least 50,000 words). The winner will receive a $10,000 advance against royalties and publication by Quirk Books. There is no entry fee. Deadline: October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Red Hen Press Poetry Award is currently accepting submissions for original poems of any theme. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Los Angeles Times Review. Entry fee: $20 for up to three poems, maximum 120 lines each. Deadline: September 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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