Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Short Story Contest now open

Stories must be double-spaced and no longer than 8,000 words. Please remove name and any other identifying information from manuscript and submit no more than two stories.

The first place winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will receive $1,000 and five runners-up will be awarded $500. All stories will be considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune’s digital literary journal.

There is no submission fee. Deadline is Jan. 31. For complete details and to submit visit the Submittable page.

Zócalo Public Square sixth annual poetry contest seeks submissions

This Los Angeles-based ideas magazine will award $500 to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. The winner will also be published on Zócalo’s website. Up to three poems may be sent to [email protected].

There is no submission fee. Deadline is Feb. 3. For more information, visit the contest site.

Inaugural Airlie Prize is now accepting English poetry submissions

The winner will be notified fall of 2017 and will receive a $1000 cash award. The winning collection will be published in October 2018 in print and with a custom bookmark to accompany the book. Poets previously published by Airlie Press, their family, friends, or close associates are ineligible to enter.

Submissions are accepted via the Submittable page. All identifying information and acknowledgments from your manuscript for anonymous judging.

Deadline is Mar. 1. The entry fee is $20.

The Southeast Review Contests are now open

An award of $1000 will be given to the winners of World’s Best Short-Short Story, Gearhart Poetry Prize, and Narrative Nonfiction Prize. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. For complete details on each contest, visit Southeast Review’s contest page.

Entry fee is $16. Deadline is Mar. 15. To submit, use the Submittable page.

Wassaic Project accepting summer internship applications

This New York based arts non-profit is now accepting applications from both students and recent alumni until Mar. 1.


Interns will learn the aspects to running an arts organization including curating, press, marketing, event planning, installation, and gallery management. Because the Wassaic Project is a small, young organization, interns will contribute to the long-term identity of the organization and take on substantial responsibility. Interns manage their own projects and will work on our Summer Benefit, our Summer Exhibition and Festival application process, curation, promotion and installation, our Artist Residency application process and logistics, and will help manage our Artist Residency program and events.


Education Interns will have the unique opportunity of working on many aspects of the Wassaic Project’s education programming, which connects the artists and dynamic creative resources of the Project to the greater Dutchess County and Northwest Connecticut community. Interns will engage with contemporary art educators and teaching strategies while participating in and contributing to a growing education department.

 For more information on Wassaic Project, visit the website. Full details on the Programming and Education Internships can be found on their 2017 Summer Internship page.

Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize requests submissions

Submissions must be in English and no longer than 84 pages in length. Please submit manuscript without name and with a cover letter. Entry costs $25. The winning poet will receive $1,000 in cash and 15 author copies.

For more information, visit the Submittable page. Deadline is Aug. 15.

The Caterpillar Magazine’s Poetry Contest seeks entries

Enter a poem for a target audience of 7-11 year olds. Winner will receive €1000 as well as publication in The Caterpillar’s summer issue. Commendable pieces will also be considered for publication. All creative work must be unpublished. Entry fee is €12 per poem, but you can enter as many poems as you wish.

Deadline is Mar. 31. For more information, visit the website. Enter online using the Entry Form page.

Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award accepting manuscripts

Vine Leaves Press, an Australian press, specializes in the vignette—an often forgotten literary form. Poetry and prose entries must be written in English. Manuscripts may range from 50 to 60 pages in length. Pieces of manuscript may be previously published, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.

The award includes a cash prize of $650 (AUD), publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion online. Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. Two semi-finalists will also be published.

Entry fee is $30. Deadline is Feb. 28. For complete contest guidelines, visit the website.


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