Mid-July 2015 Fiction Writing Contests

People Holding... Flash Fiction Contest

People Holding… is a fiction-writing project that uses found photos of people holding anything to inspire new work.


Write an original, character-driven piece that describes, illuminates, riffs on or narrates this photograph.

Word Count:
550 words maximum.

The winner will be featured, published and promoted on PH… and will receive a PH… t-shirt with our logo!

Email peopleholdingblog@gmail.com with CONTEST in the subject line.

Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $0 

The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each. The $1,000 Story Prize Spotlight Award is also given for a short story collection that "demonstrates the author's potential to make a significant contribution to the short story form." Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey will select the three finalists and Spotlight Award winner; three independent judges will choose the Story Prize winner. Publishers, authors, or agents may submit four copies of a book published between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015, and an entry form with a $75 entry fee by July 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is November 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Eligibility for The Story Prize is restricted to collections of short fiction (at least two stories and/or novellas) by a living author, written in English. Eligible books must be first publication of the work in the United States during the calendar year, in either hardcover or paperback, and available for purchase by the general public. Collections must also include work previously unpublished in book form.

Eligible books may be entered by the publisher, agent, or author.

Please direct any questions as to eligibility to info@thestoryprize.org

Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $75

Fairy Tale Review

Founded in 2005 by Kate BernheimerFairy Tale Review is an annual literary journal dedicated to publishing new fairy tales and to helping raise public awareness of fairy tales as a diverse, innovative art form. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology, Best New American Voices, Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories, among other honors.

Fairy Tale Review is edited by MFA students enrolled in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The University of Arizona positions are funded until 2015 through a competitive Graduate Incentives in Growth Award; the editor is hard at work seeking grants and gifts in order to keep these vital positions on hand.

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our second annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Brian Evenson will serve as our judge for prose, and Joyelle McSweeney will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000, and all submissions will also be considered for publication in The Ochre Issue, which will be released in 2016. Submit online or via post to Fairy Tale Review, c/o Kate Bernheimer, Department of English, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721.

$1,000 each, for prose

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Those who submit to general submissions are welcome to submit to the contests as well. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

Cincinnati Review–Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review invites submissions for the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2016 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review

Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of a single prose piece, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form) will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. As the contest is judged blind, no contact information may appear anywhere on the manuscript file. Files that do include identifying information will be rejected unread, and entry fees will not be refunded (though you’ll still get your free subscription).

Multiple submissions are welcome and come with additional yearlong subscriptions, which can be used to extend your original subscription or given as gifts. We will be accepting submissions only via our online submission manager, through which contestants can pay the entry fee. Again, please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file. Instead, in the “comments” field at the bottom of the entry page, enter the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the submitted work(s). Also, be sure to use the “genre” tab to indicate whether your submission is poetry, prose fiction, or prose nonfiction.

Winners will be notified October 1, and an announcement will appear on our website and in the Winter 2016 issue. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2016 issue, which comes out in May.

Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $20

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