Mid-May Fiction Contest Submissions and Deadlines

Sonora Review 2015 Fiction Prize

$1000 and publication in Issue 68 of Sonora Review will be awarded for our annual fiction contest judged by Stuart Dybek. All finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 68.

Submit your absolute best, most imaginative fiction, up to 6,000 words. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Submissions must be previously unpublished.

Deadline: 5/15/15
Entry Fee: $15

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 15th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2000 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

2015 Contest GUIDELINES

+Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print.
+Prizes: $1000 (1st), $500 (2nd), $250 (3rd), and two $125 (Editor's Choice).
+Winning stories will be read by three literary agencies.
+Honorable mentions and semi-finalists will be listed online for up to 6 months.
+We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the story must be in English.
+No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only.
+Story must be previously unpublished (including online).
+Max word count: 6000.
+All readings are blind.
+Winners of the past two Raymond Carver contests are ineligible.+For additional questions about the contest, please email us at info@carvezine.com.

Deadline: 5/15/15
Entry Fee: $17.00 

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

The 2015 Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction who have yet to publish a book. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the journal.

Contest Rules & Eligibility:

Entries will be accepted via our online Submission Manager

If you are currently affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College as a contributing author, volunteer screener, blogger, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member, please do not submit. Also, if you might have such a relationship with Ploughshares or Emerson before April 15, 2016: for example, if there's a chance you will be attending the Emerson MFA program in the coming year, please do not submit.


Deadline: 5/15/15

Entry fee: $24.00 More

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition is sponsored annually by The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc, a non-profit literary and educational organization. Winners will be formally presented at the annual meeting of the Society, Faulkner for All, during Words & Music, 2015. The festival dates will be in November; exact dates will be announced later this month. A list of manuscripts which have been designated finalists and semi-finalists will be posted on the website on or about August 1, 2015.  Winners will be notified on September 25th, William Faulkner’s birthday, leaving plenty of time for winners to make plans to be present to receive their awards. No awards are presented in absentia. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society has published a list of all winners and finalists of the 2014 competition on their web site.  2014 winners were formally presented to the Society at Faulkner for All during Words & Music, 2014 on November 23, 2014.

Please review the guidelines below before entering.  Click here for a 2015 Entry Form.

The competition is for previously unpublished work only. Self-published and print-on-demand books are considered published, as are books, stories, essays, and poetry previously published in their entirety on the Internet.

A special change for 2015.
Collections have not been accepted in any category in the past.  For 2015, we are allowing the following exceptions to the Collections rule:
— Up to three linked novellas (e. g. Three Junes by Julia Glass) will be accepted as an entry in the Novel Category.
— Up to 12 linked short stories in which a single narrative gradually unfolds and concludes will be accepted
as a Novel entry.

There are no other exceptions to the rule.

Please pay special attention to labeling your entries.  We do not read entries in any category without proper labeling.

Deadline: 5/15/15
Entry Fee: See website - fees vary