Late-September Fiction Contests!

Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Both the fiction and poetry competitions will offer a £10,000 (approximately $15,550) first prize. The fiction prize requires a piece that is up to 2,500 words. It is open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit). You can submit online here.

Deadline: September 25, 2015
Entry Fee: $27

New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowships

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports.

The Cullman Center’s Selection Committee awards up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers – academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library's other research libraries – The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library – are not eligible for this fellowship, nor are people seeking funding for research leading directly to a degree.

The Cullman Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic communication about literature and scholarship at the very highest level – within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

A Cullman Center Fellow receives a stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May. Each Fellow gives a talk over lunch on current work-in-progress to the other Fellows and to a wide range of invited guests and may be asked to take part in other programs at The New York Public Library.

Deadline: September 25, 2015 
Entry Fee: $0 

Glimmer Train Press Family Matters

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words. 

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $18

University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards

Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students is not eligible.

The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author's name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.

No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. The announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards

Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year. The Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, the Cecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, and the Marianne Russo Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. 

Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

Poets and writers living in the United States who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. Runners-up for each award will also receive financial assistance.

Application Checklist: 

1. Cover Letter:

In approximately 1,000 words, please tell us about yourself and your work why you want to attend the Seminar and Workshop Program. What do you hope to gain from the experience? How will you benefit from a KWLS Emerging Writer Award?

The file name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. Writing Sample:

Please include a sample of your writing (no more than 20 double-spaced pages for prose, and 5-7 poems for poets). Please note that the Johnson Award is for fiction only; Russo and Merrill Awards are open to any genre. 

File names should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_submission.doc” and your name should not appear on the manuscript.

3. Letter of Recommendation: 

Please arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent directly to KWLS from the recommender. We prefer to receive letters by e-mail to Letters by post must be postmarked by September 25 and sent to KWLS Awards, 717 Love Lane, Key West FL, 33040.

4. References:

Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes

In celebration of our forty-year commitment to contemporary letters, the University of Massachusetts Press—in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers—announces an expanded Juniper Prize initiative dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience.

The Juniper Literary Series will award two prizes each for poetry and for fiction. For poetry, one prize will recognize the first publication. The second will be open to previously published poets as well. For fiction, one prize will recognize a short story collection. The second prize will recognize a novel. Each of the four recipients will be awarded $1,000 and publication.

The Juniper Literary Series takes its name from Fort Juniper, the house that the poet Robert Francis (1901–1987) built by hand in the woods in western Massachusetts. When UMass Press launched the Juniper Prize for Poetry in 1975, we were one of the first university presses to publish contemporary poetry. We introduced the Juniper Prize for Fiction in 2004 to honor outstanding literary fiction.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $25

Hackney Literary Awards Novel Contest

This prestigious writing competition recognizes excellence in poetry and fiction with prizes at the national level and for the state of Alabama.

The Hackney Literary Awards, sponsored by the Cecil Hackney family of Birmingham, Alabama, was established in 1969.

The annual competition awards $5,000 in prizes for poetry and short fiction ($2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250).

A $5,000 prize is also sponsored by the Morris Hackney family for an unpublished novel. Submissions for the 2015 Novel contest are due September 30, 2015. 

Submit your original work by uploading your PDF, DOC, DOCX, or TXT file with a cover sheet to our website. All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. Payment is easily processed through our secure online system. Unpaid entries will be discarded before judging.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $30

American Academy in Berlin Berlin Prize Fellowships

Since the American Academy in Berlin opened its doors, in September 1998, its fellows have been the central focus of its activities. Hailing from across the intellectual and cultural spectrum -- history, economics, philosophy, literary studies, sociology -- and from the worlds of public policy, the visual arts, poetry, music composition, law, and journalism, past fellows have included legal scholars Lawrence Lessig and Kendall Thomas; artists Julie MehretuAmy Sillman, and Jenny Holzer; poets C.K. Williams, Tom Sleigh, and Susan Howe; critics Alex RossHilton AlsHal Foster, and John Rockwell; historians David Levering Lewis and H.C. Erik Midelfort; novelists Ha Jin, Adam HaslettSusanna MooreJeffrey Eugenides, and Jonathan Safran Foer; journalists Anne ApplebaumRick AtkinsonAdrian Nicole LeBlanc, and Katherine Boo; and policy experts Martin Indyk, Steven Simon, and Angela Stent. (For the current class of fellows, please click here.)

American Academy fellows are in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center for one academic semester or occasionally for a full academic year. Bosch Fellows in Public Policy usually stay for six to eight weeks. Unlike many other fellowship programs or institutes of advanced study, the American Academy in Berlin is determinedly non-monastic; our fellows become involved in Berlin's cultural, social, and intellectual scene beyond the walls of the Academy. Often they establish close working affiliations with institutions related to their fields, from university departments to museums, scientific institutions, galleries, and other public and private organizations. Their involvement in the cultural life of Berlin is aided by the Academy's staff and publicity department, with the ultimate mission of bringing the best and brightest Americans to the interested German public. This occurs not only through a series of publications and media contacts but most importantly through our robust public program, where Academy fellows offer a glimpse of their work by delivering a public lecture, followed by a Q&A session and a reception.

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare from the US, housing at the Academy, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. The Academy’s furnished apartments at the Hans Arnhold Center are suitable for individuals and couples; limited accommodations are available for families with children. All fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

Twice each year TGS will award $1,000 and publication in The Ghost Story to the winner of our short story competition. A second writer will receive an Honorable Mention that includes publication and a $100 cash award. The winning stories will be published on Midsummer’s Eve and October 31.

Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. What we’re looking for is fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition. If you would like us to consider publishing your story even if you do not win an Award or an Honorable Mention, let us know in your cover letter.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $20