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Writing Opportunities for Students

We’ve been asked by the following publications to share their calls for submissions.  Please contact the publications directly if you have questions or submissions.

Note that the most recent additions are posted at the top regardless of submission deadline.


  • The Writers’ League of Texas 2019 Manuscript Contest – closes January 31

Have you been working hard on an unpublished manuscript that’s finally ready to see the light of day? Are you looking for some constructive feedback on your work-in-progress? Would you like to chance to sit down with a literary agent in person to discuss your project?

You’re invited to submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of your unpublished work to the Writers’ League of Texas’s 19th annual Manuscript Contest. (And no, you don’t have to live in Texas to enter this contest. It’s open to everyone, everywhere!)

The winner in each category will receive a complimentary registration to the WLT’s 2019 Agents & Editors Conference (yes, you heard us right!) to meet individually with a top literary agent (and the final judge in their category). All entrants who opt for a critique—whether winners or not—will receive feedback on their submission from an experienced editor.

Best of all, you do NOT need to have a complete, finished manuscript to enter this contest. All you need are the first (roughly) ten pages of the manuscript plus a synopsis that describes the rest of the book you have planned.

Fiction Categories
• General Fiction (including Literary Fiction)
• Thriller/Action-Adventure
• Mystery
• Romance
• Science-Fiction/Fantasy
• Historical Fiction

Nonfiction Categories
• General Nonfiction (excluding Memoir)
• Memoir

Children’s Categories
• Middle Grade (chapter books and novels only; no picture books)
• Young Adult

Prizes

Winners in each category will receive a complimentary registration to our 2019 Agents & Editors Conference and a one-on-one consultation at the event with the literary agent who judged the category (this prize is valued at more than $400). Winners who cannot attend in person can opt for a phone call with the literary agent.

Full contest information


  • The Poetry Society of Vermont – closes February 1

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, announces its annual contest: $1,000 prize and publication in Mountain Troubadour given for the winning poem.

Submit three poems with $15 entry fee by February 1, 2019.

Visit our website for complete guidelines. www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org


  • Prism International’s Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction – closes January 15

Contest is now OPEN
Deadline: January 15, 2019
$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 per piece

Max. word count: 6,000

A Note on Jacob Zilber

Jacob Zilber was a renowned writer, respected teacher and mentor. In 1965, Jacob helped Earle Birney form the Department of Creative Writing, one of the very first such departments in North America and the very first of its kind in Canada. He also co-founded PRISM international and was a longtime editor of the magazine. Jacob passed away on August 21st, 2012. Read more about Jacob Zilber here.

Read the Rules and Regulations below and SUBMIT!


  • Cagibi – closes February 15

Cagibi is a journal of poetry & prose that has garnered praise in its first year for its quarterly online issues, publishing emerging writers side by side with our literary heroes. To celebrate, we’re excited to announce our writing contest, the 2019 Macaron Prize.
Winners of the 2019 Macaron Prize will receive $500 and publication in Cagibi’s inaugural print issue. Winners will be invited to read their work at a public Reading and Issue Launch Event in New York City in May. Second-place winners will also be published in the print issue. Good luck!
Cagibi’s 2019 Macaron Prize is now open for entries. Enter at cagibilit.com — accepting fiction, poetry, and non-fiction submissions until midnight February 15.
In Fiction: $18 entry fee for a submission of one story, maximum 4,000 words.
In Poetry: $18 entry fee for a submission of up to three poems.
In Non-fiction: $18 entry fee for one personal narrative essay, maximum 4,000 words.
All entries will also be considered for publication in Cagibi’s quarterly online issues.

  • Milkweed Editions – closes February 15

Submissions Open for the
Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry!
Judge: Khaled Mattawa
Prize: $10,000
The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry supports outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and brings their work to a national stage. Established in 2011 as the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet at any stage in their career residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. Selected from a small number of finalists by an independent judge, the prizewinning poet also receives a standard royalty contract, national distribution, and a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign.

Submissions Open: January 1–February 15, 2019

Finalists will be notified and announced in April and will be invited to read at Milkweed’s annual National Poetry Month Party, to be held on April 24, 2019 at Open Book in Minneapolis. The winner will be notified and announced in May, and the winning collection will be published in November.

PRIZE DETAILS



  • Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry – closes January 3 and February 15, 2019

Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce that the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the largest regional poetry prize in the country, will continue under a new name, the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. The prize will also offer expanded eligibility, adding Michigan to the list of eligible states of residence for entrants in the upper Midwest.

Expanding on the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, which was established in 2011, the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry supports outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and brings their work to a national stage. The prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet at any stage in their career residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. Selected from a small number of finalists by an independent judge, the prizewinning poet also receives a standard royalty contract, national distribution, and a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign.

 

The annual award is the most generous regional poetry prize in the country, and is one of four Milkweed Editions Prizes. Others include the $10,000 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the most lucrative first book poetry prize in the country, made possible by the Alan B. Slifka Foundation and its president, Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka; the $2,000 Jake Adam York Prize, offered in partnership by Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions; and the $10,000 National Poetry Series, for which Milkweed is one of five participating publishers.

Submissions to the 2019 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry will be accepted between January 3 and February 15, 2019. A small group of finalists will be announced in April 2019 and will be invited to read at Milkweed’s annual National Poetry Month Party on April 24, 2019 in Minneapolis. The winner of the prize, selected by Khaled Mattawa, will be announced in May 2019, and their book will be published in November 2019. More information about the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, including complete submission guidelines and more about the previous recipients, can be found here» FULL PRIZE DETAILS


  • Desperate Literature – closes February 14, 2019

First Prize:
– €1000
– A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
– A consultation with a US Literary Agent from Foundry Literary + Media.

Runner-up Prizes:
– €250 (two prizes available).

All Shortlisted Writers:
– Will be published in a truly smashing, limited edition Risograph booklet published by ourselves truly and launched at the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Salon, Madrid
– Publication in 3:AM, Structo Magazine, Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, and The Second Shelf (women only)
– Participation in Desperate Literature Prize Salons (Salons, no less) at Desperate Literature, Madrid; Shakespeare and Company, Paris; Burley Fisher, London; and The Second Shelf, London (women only)
– Limited edition prints by Ruda Studio
– Participation in the Rizoma Film Festival.

One Shortlisted Winner:
– Will be selected for a week’s residency at Casa Ana, Andalusia, as part of their Creative Writing Programme.*

*before entering, please read our terms and conditions to see how the prize is funded, prize details, entry conditions and to assess your eligibility.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

 


  • Belmont Story Review – closes March 15, 2019

Belmont Story Review invites submissions for its fourth volume. We’re looking for submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers. Also, we’re open to submissions of narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture.

—The reading period for volume four is from November 1, 2018 – March 15, 2019.

—We award a cash honorarium of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry/flash fiction to authors who have accepted submissions.

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University is renowned for its College of Entertainment and Music Business and Social Entrepreneurship programs. It is also the only university with an undergraduate major in Publishing. Belmont Story Review is produced through the Publishing Program under the auspices of assistant professor Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review.

To submit, please visit our website submission page. For more information, please visit https://belmontstoryreview.wixsite.com/website.



  • DISQUIET Literary Prize –  closes January 10, 2019

Disquiet is now accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published:

– the fiction winner on Granta.com,

– the nonfiction winner in Ninthletter.com,

– the poetry winner in The Common.

The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2019. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid.

Read the contest guidelines and enter here.

Note new dates: Contest now closes January 10, 2019.

Click Here to Submit to the Lit Prize