It’s not the end. Not yet it isn’t. 2017 still has thirty-three days to go, not counting what’s left of today. So if you’re a writer and you’re winding down, telling yourself not to bother because, well, it’s almost the end of the year, I’m here to tell you it’s not over until December 31st! Which is not for thirty-three days!
Whether you’re a novelist or a short story writer, an essayist, a poet or a flash fiction specialist, there’s nothing like the allure of cash prizes. So let me tempt you to keep writing with a few competitions closing this month or the next:
Fish Publishing Short Story Prize – ends November 30, maximum 5000 words, cost 20 pounds
Ink Tears Short Story Contest – ends November 30, 1000-3500 words, cost 7.5 pounds
Baltimore Review Winter Contest– ends November 30, maximum 5000 words, theme of food, cost $10 US
Hamlin Garland Award – ends December 10, maximum 7000 words, cost $20 US
Hal Porter Short Story Competition – ends December 15, maximum 2500 words, cost $10
The Moth Poetry Prize – ends December 31, cost 12 pounds
The River Styx MicroFiction Contest – ends Dec 31, cost $10 US for up to 3 entries, max 500 words
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest – ends December 31, maximum 8000 words, cost $16 US
If you’re strapped for cash or would rather submit to a journal, you could try:
The prestigious UK-based Granta literary magazine, which costs nothing for poetry submissions, or 3 pounds to submit fiction or non-fiction (but hurry as submissions close by January 4th).
The highly-regarded Australian literary journal Meanjin – still accepting submissions of poetry and essays.
The always hip lit mag Overland – accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and asks for pitches for other types of writing (see website).
Southerly – open for themed submissions (see website for details).
And if you’d like to win $10,000 for no entry fee, you could try this:
The Hope Prize – short stories 2000-5000 words exploring theme of hope and resilience in the face of poverty of disadvantage, ends Jan 31 (see website for full details).