5 Writing Contests with Nearing Deadlines

A writing friend of mine recently asked where she could find more writing contests. I suggested she look to Poets and Writers, which lists many in their online database. Here are a few directly from their website with nearing deadlines. Check out Poets and Writers for more.

Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize
Great Plains Writers’ Conference
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $15
Website: http://greatplainswritersconference.wordpress.com/awards/great-plains-emerging-writer-prize-submissions/

Founding Members Award for College Writers
Hurston/Wright Foundation
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Website: http://www.hurstonwright.org/#!college-awards/cs3d

Fiction Open
Glimmer Train Press
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Website: http://www.glimmertrain.com/fictionopen.html

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
Hunger Mountain
Deadline: December 10, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Website: http://hungermtn.org/contests/ruth-stone-poetry-prize/

Essay Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $17
Website: http://www.thediagram.com/contest.html#2014essayguidelines

If you’d like some inspiration or a starting point, check out my writing prompts.



    • Some writers enjoy contests as opposed to regular submissions and sometimes they offer opportunities for writers (like high payouts if won) that are not usually available for regular submitters. Many contests I know use the funds collected toward the winning writer’s reward. As for me, I submit to a few contests that I like and then submit work to literary magazines through regular submissions. Everyone has different preferences and that is okay.


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