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Writercon.org Deadline August 28

You must be registered for the conference to enter. 

Once you have paid the contest entry fee, you may enter as many categories as you wish, up to five entries in each category! 


  • 1. Fiction
  • 2. Nonfiction
  • 3. Memoir (including personal essays)
  • 4. Poetry
  • 5. Inspirational
  • 6. Humor
  • 7. Flash Fiction
  • 8. Writing for Young Readers (including picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA)
  • 9. Novels

For more info: Click here: https://writercon.org/

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Oklahoma City Writers Inc. 

Contest Categories: 

 2020 Entry Deadline: September 19, 2020 (postmark deadline).

  • 1. Humor: fiction or non-fiction. Maximum length 3,000 words.
  • 2. Inspirational: fiction or non-fiction. Maximum length 5,000 words.
  • 3. Juvenile: juvenile fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and book-length fiction and non-fiction for middle-grade and up. Maximum length for not book-length should be 3,000 words. Book-length project, only the first 10 pages plus a synopsis or outline. The synopsis/outline maximum 750 words. 
  • 4. Essay: any subject that informs, entertains, or persuades. Maximum length 1,500 words.
  • 5. Poetry: any length, style, or theme, traditional or free-verse.
  • 6. Short story: any short fiction for adult readers. Maximum length 5,000 words.
  • 7. Flash fiction: Extremely short but complete work of fiction for adult. Maximum 500 words.
  • 8. Feature article: nonfiction article on any subject. Maximum length 2,000 words.
  • 9. Nostalgia: factual story reflecting the past. Maximum length 1,200 words.
  • 10. Book (adult): includes fiction and nonfiction for adult readers. First 25 pages (or less), and either book synopsis for fiction or outline for nonfiction, maximum 750 words.

Crème-de-la-Crème: All first-place winners will compete for a $50 best-of-the-best award.

Contest Results announced at OCWI meeting, Saturday, November 21, 2020.

For more info see http://www.okcwriters.org/




Get Ready, Get set, GO!

The OWFI Writing Contest opens January 1, 2021 

Start today!

For rules and info:  https://www.owfi.org


Poets & Writers

Contests, Grants & Awards



The QueryLetter.com Writing Contest

This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative!

Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.

Click here:https://www.queryletter.com/contest

 DEADLINE: September 15, 2020.



Summer Short Story Award

DEADLINE 8/30/2020

The Summer Short Story Award for New Writers runs until August 30th. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively.

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Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer—if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our magazine, you'll be paid $100! We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at RD.com. For complete details, see submission guidelines.



L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

Whatever your feelings about L. Ron Hubbard’s work and philosophy, the prizes for this regular contest are nothing to sneeze at. Every three months, winners earn $1,000, $750 and $500, or an additional annual grand prize worth $5,000.

Submissions must be short stories or novelettes (up to 17,000 words) in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.

Deadlines: Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.



 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Deadline - January 31 annually

Awarded to “the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre,” this prize provides a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press.

If you live in the U.S. and have published at least one book (in any genre), you’re eligible to submit a current manuscript in progress for consideration. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction.



 Tony Hillerman Prize

Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press.

It’s open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.”

Deadline: Annually on June 1.

http://www.hillermanprize.com /


Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in August



New Voices Award

Presented by Lee & Low Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher, this award is given for a previously unpublished children’s picture book manuscript (of no more than 1,500 words) written by a writer of color.

The winner receives $1,000 cash and a standard publication contract. You may submit up to two manuscripts.

Deadline: Postmarked by September 30 each year



PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Honoring the best work of fiction published by an American author in a single calendar year, this award has been given to the likes of John Updike, Philip Roth and Ann Patchett.

The winner receives $15,000 and an invitation to read at the award ceremony in Washington, DC. Four finalists also each receive a $5,000 award.

Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year.