Short Story Contest Deadlines Month by Month

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Don't miss out on any more opportunities for writing. Short story contests, writing fellowships, and residency grants are great vehicles to push your writing ahead. They are also great resume boosters, opening the door to writing-related professions in teaching and publishing. But most importantly, they enable writers to gain valuable experience in the publishing process, compelling them to prepare their work with specific readers and requirements in mind.

Read our monthly list below to see which contest or award is best suited for you. Then review these short story contest tips to prepare a successful application.

You might also check out articles on this site on how to publish your short stories -- and how to know if you're even ready to publish.

And don't forget to read our criteria for judging whether a contest is legitimate or a writing scam.

Finally, since deadlines and requirements change periodically, you should always confirm details on the contest and award websites directly.

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