Mid-March Fiction Contest Deadlines!

The 2016 Pinch Literary Awards

1st Place in fiction receives $1000.

Fiction Judge: Leslie Pietrzyk

"All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following the announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize-winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. You may submit entries online via the link below or via snail mail. Please note that emailed and/or electronically delivered entries will NOT be considered; we are only able to accept online entries through our Submittable platform at this time."

Entry Fee: $20 for 5000 words; $10 for each subsequent entry.
Deadline: 3/15/16

Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

Sybil Baker, Judge

Winners of the 2016 contests will be notified in June 2016. Winning entries and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2017 print edition, Issue 74. $1,000-dollar first-place prize.

Please limit prose to 6,000 words. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a copy of Issue 74 All manuscripts will be read blindly; readers and editors will not see a contestant’s name or cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: 3/15/16

The 25th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship

"The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into cultural and social issues exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. Two runners-up awards of $1000 each may be given by the Jones Literary Society. All selections are at the discretion of the judges."

Eligible writers

  • Have never published a novel
  • Are U.S. citizens
  • May have published any other type of work including non-fiction articles and short stories

Non eligible writers

  • Officers of the James Jones Literary Society
  • Writers who have published previous novels

Eligible submissions

  • Unpublished novels
  • Novels in which one or more chapters have been published

Non eligible submissions

  • Collections of short stories
  • Linked short stories
  • Self-published novels

Note: Manuscripts may be simultaneously submitted for the First Novel Contest and to a publisher for publication. If the work is accepted by a publisher at any time up to the announcement of the First Novel winner, the Society must be notified and the selection will be withdrawn from the contest.

Manuscript Guidelines: A two-page (maximum) outline or synopsis of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted. A specific format for the outline or synopsis is not required.

The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced; outline may be single-spaced. Entrants should include their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) ONLY on the cover letter, but nowhere else on the manuscript. Pages should be numbered. For online entries put your cover letter in the cover letter box, and attach you outline/synopsis and the first 50 pages of you novel as one document.

If a manuscript is selected for the final round, the author will be asked to send another copy of the originally submitted first 50 pages. Submissions will be acknowledged only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped postcard. No manuscripts will be returned. Failure to comply with manuscript guidelines may disqualify entries. 

Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: 3/15/2016