The Masters Review Short Story Aware for New Writersis an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers. This years judge is Helen Oyeyemi. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel fromSobel Weber, Victoria Cappello fromThe Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison fromWriters House, Sarah Fuentes fromFletcher & Company, Heather Schroder fromCompass Talent, and Siohban McBride fromCarnicelli Literary Management.
They say they don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. They’re simply looking for the best. Also, they don’t define, nor are they interested in, stories identified by their genre. However, they consider themselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot.
You can check out the complete guidelines for submissions and previous winners here. Please note the deadline to enter is January 31, 2021.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest entries ends on September 30, 2020. So, hurry and get your submissions in.
Writers L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, with an annual grand prize: $5,000 additional! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.
Illustrators L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. $1,500 in prizes each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing searches for stories written by a first-generation immigrant. The publisher alternates years between fiction and non-fiction. This year they are searching to publish a tale of fiction. A few of the guidelines are:
Completed fiction manuscript, or book-length collection of short stories.
Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country.
All submissions must be in English.
Fiction candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction in English.
Only one submission per candidate per submission period.
$10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions.
For complete guidelines and information on how to enter, go here. But hurry, the deadline is March 31, 2020. And as always, good luck!
The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize submission deadline is midnight July 15, 2019 (GMT). The judges are looking for novels which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in. The winner is to receive a £3,000 prize as an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions. The winning novelist’s publication joins a fiction list, alongside writers such as Claire-Louise Bennett, Mathias Enard, Camila Grudova, John Keene, Esther Kinsky, Olga Tokarczuk and Alejandro Zambra. Also, Jeremy Cooper won in 2018 for Ash before Oak, a novel in the form of a nature diary, obliquely charting the narrator’s slow return to health.
This contest is open only to residents of Great Britain and Ireland. For complete guidelines and submission details, go here.
The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.
The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.
Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.
Submissions are May 1 through June 30, 2019. Acceptable formats can be either email or mailed. Ge sure and read the complete guidelines before entering.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has opened it’s doors to writer’s of diverse backgrounds to submit work. This is a contest for middle grade manuscripts (ages 8-12) in any genre or format. A few of the rules are:
Must be 18 years of age
Must have a diverse background: (Examples, but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
Document in Microsoft Word or PDF, no larger than 5 MB
The winner will receive:
Editorial feedback from a panel of HarperCollins editors in writing, including an edit letter and a thirty-minute phone consultation.
Consideration for publication by the HarperCollins Children’s Books’ acquisitions group.
The deadline to submit is November 16, 2018. For complete rules for submission, go here. And as always, good luck!
Futurescapes is seeking short stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward addressing the complex intersection of homelessness, mental health, and drug and sex trafficking. Thus, their theme for 2018 is “Cities of Promise.”
Here’s a breakdown of some of the important stuff:
You’ll need a work of short fiction up to 8,000 words.
No fee to enter for first entry, but you can submit a second for a fee.
$2000 for first prize.
$500 for five runners-up.
Publication in an anthology.
The contest deadline is December 31, 2018. For complete guidelines and the form to enter, click here. As always, good luck.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will be closing submissions for their Emerging Artist Award on May 15, 2018. The goal is to develop high quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds. So if you haven’t completed your mock up to send, get it done, ASAP! The award includes:
American Express® gift cards totaling $1,500
Round-trip travel for the winner to New York City
A day at LBYR’s offices in New York
Lunch with an editor, an art director, and the Artist Mentor.
An in-person portfolio review by the Artist Mentor and the LBYR publishing staff.
A tour of the office
Opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication.
Be sure and visit the link above regarding the award and pay attention to the official rules. As always, good luck!
Manuscripts may be any genre for children ages 5-12, or young adult ages 12-18. Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color or native children by providing stories they can identify with and which promote greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities are also of interest.
Contestants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:
Self-identify as a person of color or a Native/indigenous person.
Be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
Be a resident of the United States.
Must not be agented.
The Award winner receives a cash prize of $2000 and their standard publication contract, including their basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $1000.
But the window for submission is closing soon! All manuscripts must be submitted no later than August 31, 2018. Be sure to read their entire guidelines before submitting. As always, good luck!
The Writing in the Margins is a website dedicated to helping underrepresented authors find their place in the publishing industry. They have a Mentor Program which pairs an emerging author from a marginalized social group with an experienced editor or traditionally published author in order to work closely on preparing an unpublished manuscript to submit for publication. All authors and editors work on a completely volunteer basis, and there is no charge to the emerging author. Applications are open twice a year, and necessary applicant qualifications are highlighted prior to the submission period. Deadline for this round is April 15, 2018. Material required to submit:
Finished, Unpublished Fiction Manuscript (or Five Completed, Unpublished Short Fiction Pieces)
Statement of Intent (not to exceed 500 words). How would a mentorship help you reach your goals?
For instructions on how to submit, go here. As always, good luck!