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The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline July 31 – $3000)

It’s back! Our Short Story Award For New Writers, our biggest submission period of the year. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, and Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines and submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

The Profane Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

The 2017 Profane Nonfiction Prize will be judged by Elena Passarello. The 2017 Profane Fiction Prize will be judged by Devin Murphy. We're accepting submissions through July 31st. The prize is $1,000, publication in our Winter 2017 issue, and a blurb from the contest judge. Finalists will be announced and considered for publication. 

Profane is a print journal that features an eclectic mix of poetry, essays, and stories. We publish annually in the winter. Our aim is simple: to publish good writing. To us, good writing is the sort that you find yourself turning over and over again in your head, hours and days and weeks after you’ve read it. Good writing is the writing that worms itself into your brain and won’t leave.

Beyond that, as our name suggests, we’re open to writing that’s “profane” in one sense or another. We’re the kind of people who’ve always had a fascination with the things you’re not allowed to say. That doesn’t mean all the writing we publish is necessarily profane. Some of it is just flat out good writing. But the boundaries of progress and understanding have always been pushed forward by the profane idea, and as such, we feel obligated to offer the profane a home. Finally, we agree with Kurt Vonnegut when he said that “literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.” We do try here not to disappear up our own assholes. We hope we succeed (or at least mostly succeed).

The POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP Awards (Deadline July 31)

The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have teamed up for the tenth consecutive year to bring you the most innovative and exciting literary competition on Earth. We are celebrating our tenth anniversary by opening up submissions to Europe and featuring one of fiction's rising stars and an iconic poetry legend as our judges. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honour. Our 2017 judges are Saleema Nawaz (Fiction) and Eileen Myles (Poetry).

Miller Williams Poetry Prize (Deadline September 30 – $5000)

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. For almost a quarter century the press has made this series the cornerstone of its work as a publisher of some of the country’s best new poetry. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. The series is edited by Billy Collins.

The driving values of the series and the prize are consonant with Williams’s sense of what constitutes good poetry. In his practice as a poet and his work as an editor, Williams favored poetry that showed an awareness of its reader, poetry that was plain spoken but also dealt with the most essential experiences of being human. He also preferred poems that were interested in making the reader feel something rather than poems that were just expressing the plight of the poet. And a bit of humor never hurt, especially if it issued forth from a sensibility that couldn’t help viewing the world from an ironic angle.

Blue Mesa Review Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Each year Blue Mesa Review holds a writing contest in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The 2017 judges are: Safiya Sinclair for Poetry, Rigoberto González for Nonfiction, and for the first time, co-judges for Fiction, Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff. We encourage you to submit your very best work online through our submissions manager. First place winners receive a cash prize and publication in Blue Mesa Review and second place will also receive publication. We look forward to reading your work!

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline August 15 – $10,000)

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its ninth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.

The 2017 panel of judges are themselves renowned contributors to the literary world. They are Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose and Patricia Towers. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation sponsors the winner’s travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to receive the prize at a ceremony attended by Ernest Gaines where the author reads an excerpt from the selected work of fiction. A reception follows. The evening is free, open to the public and attracts a diverse audience.

The literary award winner also participates in educational activities at selected area schools and after-school programs in keeping with the Gaines Award's interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students are encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author.

Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (Deadline September 8 – $1000)

Founded by Philip Lopate and Donald Barthelme in 1986, Gulf Coast is a journal of literature, art, and critical art writing, publishing contributors who represent a flow of international cultures, voices, and aesthetics. Through programs and publications, and in collaboration with the University of Houston, Gulf Coast brings consequential art and writing to an engaged audience.

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. Judged by Roxane Gay.

The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2018 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

After a hiatus, The Kenneth Patchen Award was revived in 2012. In the 1990s, The Kenneth Patchen Prize for Literature was a much-coveted prize administered by Pig Iron Press of Youngstown, Ohio, in honor of famous experimental fiction author, proletarian poet, and Ohio native Kenneth Patchen. Beginning in 2012, the Award was reinstituted as the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel, and it honors the most innovative novel submitted during the previous calendar year. Kenneth Patchen is celebrated for being among the greatest innovators of American fiction, incorporating strategies of concretism, asemic writing, digression, and verbal juxtaposition into his writing long before such strategies were popularized during the height of American postmodernist experimentation in the 1970s. His three great innovative novels, Sleepers Awake, The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer and The Journal of Albion Moonlight, have long been benchmarks for beats, postmodernists and innovators of all ilks, inspiring younger writers to greater significance and innovation in their own work. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by July 31.


Upcoming Deadlines

Wasafiri New Writing Prize (Deadline July 14 – £300)
Rattle Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $10,000)
Barrelhouse Call for Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline July 15)
PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline July 15 – $1500)
Writers Omi at Ledig House – Omi International Arts Center (Deadline July 15)
Santa Fe Writers Project Awards Program (Deadline July 20 – $1500)
The Profane Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Gravity of the Thing Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
The POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP Awards (Deadline July 31)
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline July 31 – $3000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2018 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)
LitMag Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15 – $1000 for prose)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline August 15 – $10,000)
The Matador Review Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Fear No Lit Submerging Writer Fellowship (Deadline August 31)
Blue Mesa Review Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Deadline August 31 – $10,000)
Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (Deadline September 8 – $1000)
CONSEQUENCE Magazine 2017 Women Writing War Award (Deadline September 15 – $250)
Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction / Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize / Short Story Collection Prize (Deadline September 15 – $2,500-$10,000)
Princeton Arts Fellowship / The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University (Deadline September 19 – $80,000)
Miller Williams Poetry Prize (Deadline September 30 – $5000)
Oyez Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Rosarium Publishing Call for Anthology Submissions (TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue – Deadline November 1)

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