Writing Contests, Festivals and Awards for Writers

Just for you, we’ve put together a list of contests and festivals that offer a chance for you to have your work reviewed and evaluated by qualified and skilled professionals. These opportunities also give you a chance to win recognition and prizes. The list is in order by deadline dates and will be updated and more events added as information becomes available. If you have an event you would like to see added please let us know. editor@naiwe.com

Updated for 2018 Contests & Awards

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
Entry Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

Discovery/Boston Review 2018 Poetry Contest
The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Mary Jo Bang and Solmaz Sharif, to name a few. Will you be next?

Four winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a two-night residency at the ACE Hotel, and $500 each.

Read selections by last year’s winners

Entry Deadline:  January 11, 2019

Great Southeast Book Festival Call for Entries
The 2016 Great Southeast Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual competition honoring the best books of the late best books of the winter/spring.

The Great Southeast Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit.
Entry Deadline: March, 2018

Great Northwest Book Festival

SEATTLE_ The 2018 Great Northwest Book Festival  is now in its late registration periodfor entries its annual competition honoring the best books of the late winter/spring.

The Great Northwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult,
business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English.

Our grand prize for the 2018 Great Northwest Book Festival winner is an appearance fee and a flight to our awards ceremony in March, 2018, exact date and location TBD.

Entry Deadline: February 2018

Great Southwest Book Festival
The 2016 Great Southwest Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best books of the late winner/spring.

The Great Southwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit.

There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English.
Entry Deadline: February 2018

Great Midwest Book Festival 
CHICAGO _ The 2015 Great Midwest Book Festival has issue a call for entries for its program celebrating the best books of the winter.

The Great Midwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals, science fiction and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English or Spanish.

Our grand prize for the 2015 Great Midwest Book Festival winner is a $1000 appearance fee and a flight to our awards.
Entry Deadline: No update for 2018 available

Los Angeles Book Festival Call For Entries
The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider major publisher, independent publisher and self-published works in the following categories: general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, wild card (anything goes!), compilations/anthologies, sequels (for books that are part of a series), photography/art, poetry, romance, and regional literature published on or after January 1, 2011
Entry Deadline:  March 2018

Independent Publisher Book Awards “Ippy Awards”
Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Proudly celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, we are now accepting entries for books released between January 1, 2014 and February 27, 2016.
Entry Deadline: February 23, 2019

Green Book Festival Call for Entries
NEW YORK  The 2016 Green Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. This year, the event will be held for the first time on the East Coast.
Entry Deadline: May, 2018

American Literary Review
The American Literary Review welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if noted in your cover letter. Please note that all submissions from now on will be considered for the online publication only. For any questions not covered in this section, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Entry Deadline: Oct. 1-May 1, 2018

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
The Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is open everyone,all
poets and writers whether published or not, regardless of experience.  Current and former employees of Dreamquestone.Com or their relatives are not eligible.  Previously published poems and short stories in other contests, books, magazines, etc. are accepted and welcomed as long as they are original works created by the contest entrant(s).
Entry Deadline: Oct. 29, 2018

28th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry
Not Just Any Contest! Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in
the Best American series. 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry.
Entry Deadline: Oct. 2018

Update below not completed yet for 2018.

Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival has issued a final call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best stories from the world of dogs, cats, horses, wild beasts, birds, insects, reptiles and other creatures great and small.

The Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival will consider works in the following categories: dogs, cats, birds, horses, insects, fish, reptiles, children’s books, young adult, working animals, wild card (anything goes!), pets, jungle, farm, city animals, biography/memoirs, talking, photography, horror, science, unpublished manuscripts, and spiritual/religious. All entries must be in English.

The competition honors general excellence and the awards are intended to draw public attention to worthy selections during the busiest season for book sales.
Entry Deadline: No update available for 2018

SHELF UNBOUND COMPETITION FOR BEST INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Competition
for Best Indie/Self-Published Book. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound Magazine.
Sponsored by Blueink Review and The Association of Independent
Entry Deadline: No details for 2016

Awards for Study in Scandinavia
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.
Entry Deadline: Multiple Fellowships & Grants, dates vary

Illumination Book Awards
Christian book publishers and authors can enter their titles in 23 categories, both fiction and non-fiction. Judging will be based on content, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and creative ways of expressing a Christian worldview. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of education, clergy, book production and bookselling. Three to five medalists per category will be named on about January 15th, 2015.
Entry Deadline: No updated information for 2016

New England Book Festival
The competition will accept entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2012 are eligible.
Entry Deadline: November 25, 2016

London Book Festival
The 2015 London Book Festival regular registration deadline arrives Nov. 25 for its annual awards honoring the best of international publishing.  The 2014 London Book Festival will consider books in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian in the competition. The works may be published, self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, poetry, art/photography, young adult, how-to, wild card (anything goes!), business, science fiction, history, romance, spiritual/religous, and biography/autobiography/memoir. Works published after January 1, 2011 are eligible.
Entry Deadline: November 25, 2016

Reed Magazine Contests    June 1 – November 1
The John Steinbeck Award is for a work of fiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the John Steinbeck Award receives a cash prize of $1,000.

The Gabriele Rico Challenge is for a work of creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the Rico Challenge receives a cash prize of $1,333.

The Edwin Markham Prize is for works of poetry and is awarded for up to five poems; it requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the Edwin Markham Prize receives a cash prize of $1,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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