Late-July Fiction Writing Contests!

Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Award

  • Enter your own fiction or poetry PDF manuscript for $5 by July 24, 11:59 pm ET. 
  •  For each of 3 rounds, you read the comment and vote on 6 randomly assigned manuscripts in your genre. Rank-vote your manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th. You must read and vote in each of 3 rounds (total of 18 manuscripts in 36 days) for your own manuscript to remain in each round. Round 1 runs from Aug. 1 to voting deadline of Aug. 12. Round 2 from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24. Round 3 from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. The highest-voted manuscript in each genre wins $1000. The top 15 short stories and the top 30 sets of poems are published. All issues free to read online, and as e-book and PDF. Paperback at around $10. Sixfold is not-for-profit. 
  • How the 3-round process works: Hundreds of writers vote together to choose manuscripts for publication with much better discernment than at any other editorial, and it all takes only 36 days. The 3-round process is extremely thorough and precise: In round 1, 6 writer-voters compare your manuscript (and everyone else’s) to 5 other manuscripts, rank-voting them as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th. (Each manuscript is compared to 30 others by 6 different readers.) Each manuscript’s voting score average is averaged and compared to all others, and then the highest-voted one-third of manuscripts advances to the next round. Round 2 manuscripts go on to receive 18 readers and 90 comparisons, and the highest-voted one-third advances to round 3. Round 3 manuscripts receive 54 readers and 270 comparisons. Each manuscript completing round 3 is read and rank-voted by 78 different writer-voters, with a grand total of 390 comparisons to other manuscripts. So much reading and comparing is the most thorough consideration of your manuscript available.

Deadline: July 24, 2015
Entry Fee: $5  More

Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Awards

The New Writers Award is sponsored by the thirteen members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) to recognize newly published writers and introduce the best among them to students and faculty on GLCA campuses. Judges are professors of literature and writers in residence at GLCA colleges.

Since 1970, an award is made each year for a first published volume of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Each award winner has the opportunity to tour the thirteen colleges giving readings, meeting students and faculty, and leading discussions or classes.

Nominations should come from the publisher and should emphasize literary excellence. Please consult the guidelines for the 2016 New Writers Award in the link below.  Publishers interested in finding out more about this award can contact Gregory Wegner, Director of the New Writers Award, via email or at 734.661.2350.

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of at least $500, to give readings, meet with students, and lead discussions and classes. Books published between the spring of 2014 and the spring of 2015 are eligible. Faculty members of the colleges will judge. 

Deadline: July 25, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Munster Literature Centre Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

From their website:

Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta a Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings, and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003. 

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (23 - 26 September 2015). The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all money raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat is again awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner of the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Located just outside the colourful village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Anam Cara is a tranquil spot structured to provide support and sanctuary for people working in the creative arts. It offers private and common working rooms as well as five acres of walking paths, thirty-four nooks and crannies, a river cascades and a river island, gardens, and a labyrinth meadow. Editorial consultation is also available. The prize is valued at €700. (The dates of the residency will be arranged between the writer themselves and Anam Cara, and can be scheduled before or after the week of the Cork International Short Story Festival. Otherwise, the week can be scheduled for another time of the year, at Anam Cara's discretion.)

First prize winner will be awarded €2,000, which is approximate $2202.29, and will be published in the literary journal Southword, as well as receive a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat.

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: €15/$16.50 More

New Millennium Writings Award

NMW promotes new and emerging writers of poetry, fiction, short-short fiction, and nonfiction by showcasing their works alongside profiles and interviews of famous writers, and through generous awards that have totaled more than $200,000. 

  • No restrictions as to style or subject matter 
  • Fiction and Nonfiction pieces must be 6,000 words or less. 
  • Short-Short Fiction must be 1,000 words or less. 
  • Each Poetry entry may include up to three poems, up to five pages total. All Poetry Honorable Mentions will be published.
  • Paypal provides contact information for each entry, so cover letters are not necessary. If you wish to include a cover letter, please include it on a separate page in your file. The NMW screening process is blind, so please be sure that no identifying information is displayed anywhere else in the file.
  • Entrant retains copyright of his/her Entry
  • By submitting an Entry, you acknowledge that you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Submit here in the submission field.

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee:$20 and includes free copy of anthology  More

Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train awards a prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue quarterly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000 words. 2nd place wins $500 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). 3rd place wins $300 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Winners are announced in the April 1, July 1, October 1, and January bulletins, respectively, and contacted directly one week earlier. You can submit here.

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee:$15 

A Room of Her Own Foundation Orlando Prizes

Four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The Los Angeles Review  are awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. You can submit here. Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrates Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints. AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process.  We accept multiple submissions and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles.  Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $35 More

Stone Canoe Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S. military veteran. Writers who have not published a book with a nationally distributed press are eligible. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or a short story or essay of up to 10,000 words. Submit here.

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $0  More