Thursday, July 18, 2024

9 New Agents Seeking Literary and Genre Fiction, CNF, Nonfiction, Irish Fiction, Kidlit, Graphic Novels, and more

Here are nine new literary agents actively seeking clients. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients.

All of these agents work for established agencies with good track records. They are looking for all genres.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change. 

NOTEDon't submit to several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. (Some small agencies share. Be alert to a notice that "a no from one is a no from all.")

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Ms. Jen Babakhan of Books & Such Literary Agency

Prior to becoming an associate agent in 2024, Jen graduated with a degree in communications and became a marketing specialist for an international nonprofit, where she worked to develop the business’s brand and recognition of that brand—two important elements for every author to master as well. She later transitioned into freelance writing and ghostwriting when her two children came along. In these roles Jen wrote for Reader’s Digest from 2017 to 2021, and her work has been featured in various national outlets.

What she is seeking: Jen acquires adult nonfiction and fiction.

How to submit: Follow the agency guidelines HERE.

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Ms. Amy O'Shea of Graham Maw Christie Literary Agents (UK)

Amy graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Linguistics and English Language in 2021. Amy joined the agency in early 2023 to assist Jane and Jen with social media, admin, royalties and submissions. She became a junior agent in 2024.

What she is seeking: She is interested in a wide variety of non-fiction from prescriptions for thinking and living better by experts in their field, to humour, history, true crime and memoir whereby the author immerses the reader in a lived experience. In an ever-changing landscape, she is looking for books that bring fresh, practical and accessible solutions to their audience - anything that can teach us more about who we are and the world we share.   

How to submit: Follow the agency's guidelines HERE.

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Ms. Liv Ivanov of Creative Media Agency

After graduating from the University of Missouri and working in operations and video game development for several years, Liv returned to her first love and began volunteering as a reader and fiction editor for literary magazines before starting her internships at Triada US and Creative Media Agency in 2023. Now stepping into her role as an Associate Agent at CMA, Liv is excited to both discover refreshing, compelling, and fantastical stories and champion new creative voices in the industry. In her free time, Liv loves to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains near her home in Colorado Springs, as well as collect books as she slowly works toward making her home office a 1,000-book library. 

What she is seeking: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Magical Realism, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Psychological Thriller, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

How to submit: Use her querymanager HERE. (Watch for her next open period.)

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Ms. Polly Halladay
of Georgina Capel Associates Ltd (UK)

Polly Halladay studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and has a masters in Creative Writing: Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia. 

What she is seeking: She is interested in literary and commercial fiction, fantasy, romance, narrative non-fiction, memoir, and poetry.

How to submit: Please follow submission instructions HERE.

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Ms. Elizabeth DeNoma
of Sebes & Bisseling

My work as an agent is a culmination of my decades of experience as a literary editor, foreign rights manager, manager of design and editorial teams, translator, and ghost writer. I have a PhD in literary studies from the University of Washington and have been awarded several awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship.

What she is seeking: Narrative nonfiction of universal interest – experts and storytellers in environmental science, sociology, psychology, medicine, parenting, history, anthropology, and remarkable memoirs (individual and of a group) that give us insight into our greater human story. Occasionally I represent a work of exceptional fiction.  I sit in the United States and represent global authors writing in English to publishers in North America and others acquiring global English language rights.

How to submit: Please submit queries and proposals to denoma at sebes.nl Nonfiction submissions require a proposal, including sample chapters. Fiction queries require a complete, edited draft of the manuscript.

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Ms. Kait Feldmann of KT Literary

Kait joined kt literary in 2024, but has been romping around children’s publishing for over a decade. She was previously an editor at Scholastic and HarperCollins, where her list included award-winning books that received a Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Sibert Honor; the Ezra Jack Keats Award; and appearances on Best of lists for The New York Times, NPR, Kirkus, and more. She is a founding member of People of Color in Publishing and a recipient of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award. Kait resides in a hoarder’s paradise in Los Angeles, surrounded by books. When she’s not reading those, she can often be found crafting, estate sale hopping, or playing board games.

What she is seeking: Kait specializes in picture books and graphic novels and is accepting queries from illustrators and author-illustrators. 

How to submit: You can query Kait at querykait@ktliterary.com. Attach your book dummy if you are working on one and include a link to your website/portfolio.

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Jess Molloy of Curtis Brown Group, Ltd. (UK)

I joined the literary department in 2019 having previously worked at Curtis Brown in the talent and comedy department and within talent management for over 8 years. I started off assisting Cathryn Summerhayes with her brilliant and eclectic list before being promoted to Literary Agent in 2022 and starting my own list.I enjoy working with people who have come to writing, be that fiction or non-fiction, via unexpected or unorthodox routes and work well with people with an entertainment background or with profile who want to reach new audiences with their writing. 

What she is seeking: I am always looking for a book to escape into and I read broadly across fiction and narrative non-fiction. I am usually first pulled in by a unique concept or setting, but what keeps me reading are beautifully drawn, complex characters, relationships, and family dynamics. I enjoy reading fantasy and romance and I am particularly on the look out for a story which has a slow burn at its heart, full of angst and drama.

I have a deep love for Irish fiction both in terms of Irish writers, particularly the inimitable Colm Tóibín and the powerhouse that is Lisa McInerney, and novels set in Ireland.I enjoy crime fiction and true crime writing that subverts the genre and focuses on the victim or the fallout for their family, for instance Nothing Can Harm You, My Sister The Serial Killer, We Begin At The End and the beautiful, incomparable I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara.

In terms of non-fiction I enjoy issues led narrative writing with a personal story at its heart and particularly love hearing from underrepresented voices. I am also interested in psychology and therapy.  My non-fiction reading varies broadly from comedians to experts and journalists, but what I am always looking for is an authentic voice that will teach me something fascinating or share a very personal journey with me.

How to submit:  Please email your pitch/cover letter, the first three chapters/10,000 words and short synopsis (for fiction) or proposal (for non-fiction) to molloysubmissions@curtisbrowngroup.co.uk

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Jade Kavanagh of Darley Anderson Literary (UK)

Whilst undertaking her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Westminster, Jade discovered the possibility of taking her love of books and turning it into a career. Staying on for a year and gaining her MA, she then went on to several publishing internships before finding a placement at Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency before joining the team permanently as Agent’s Assistant and falling in love with the agenting side of the book world.

What she is seeking: Jade is building her own list of clients focusing on suspense, thriller and horror authors. 

How to submit: Follow submission guidelines HERE.

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Aparna Kumar of David Godwin Associates (UK)

Aparna Kumar, who has recently completed her MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, has worked in publishing for six years. Most recently, she was an editor at Penguin Random House India, where she commissioned literary fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

What she is seeking: Aparna Kumar is looking to fill her list with literary fiction and creative non-fiction.

How to submit: Follow submission guidelines HERE.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

6 New Literary Agencies Seeking Commercial Fiction, Kidlit, SFF, Memoir, Romance, and more

New literary agencies are started by established agents with considerable experience in the publishing industry. They have reliable contacts in publishing houses and a roster of successes getting writers published. New agencies are looking to expand, and are eager to take on prospective clients.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Submission requirements can change. 

NOTEDon't submit to several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. 

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Kate Barker Literary Agency (UK)

I have worked in publishing for nearly twenty years as an agent, commissioning editor and ghostwriter. I spent ten years at Penguin, where I was an Editorial Director for Viking, acquiring fiction and non-fiction. I have also worked for Orion, for one of the biggest literary agencies in the UK, for digital publisher Bookouture and for a speakers bureau. I work with a wide range of specialist agencies for the sale of rights around the world.

What she is seeking:

Fiction

I’m looking for commercial and reading group novels: my taste in fiction is broad. I like strong stories, interesting settings (contemporary or historical) and high concept novels. Please note that I do not represent science fiction, fantasy or books for children. Work in those genres will not be read.

Non-fiction

I’m looking for smart thinking, history, memoir, popular psychology and science, natural history, lifestyle and wellbeing. Big ideas and subjects that get people talking. I particularly enjoy helping experts translate their work for a general audience.

How to submit: Follow submission guidelines HERE.

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Miriam Kriss launched the Codex Literary Agency in 2024, after nearly two decades at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, where she served as Vice-President. She is excited to grow Codex Literary, a boutique agency with a full service reach. She represents everything from hardcover historical mysteries to all subgenres of romance, from thrillers to science fiction, from young adult fiction to fantasies, and everything in between. If it's fun to read she probably represents it. 

Isabelle Rader
After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Isabelle began her career in publishing by interning at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency at the start of 2022. After graduating college with a BA in English Literature, she followed Miriam into her new venture. On the weekends you can find her doing yoga, kayaking, or curled up with her two cats and reading a good book.  

Actively looking for NA Books across all genres, she is also interested in Adult, Young Adult, and Middle-Grade Fantasy, as well as both Upmarket and Commercial Adult, all with never-before-seen worldbuilding, unique characters, strong plotting, and compulsive hooks. From Dark Academia to Epic, Historical, and Contemporary Fantasy with wild adventures, thrilling romances, and dashes of humor, she is always looking for unforgettable characters, strong female leads, and diverse voices. 

How to submit: Submit to Miriam using her form HERE. Submit to Isabelle using her form HERE.

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Colwill & Peddle Literary Agency (UK)

Drawing on our years of experience in publishing, bookselling and agenting we’re focused on finding new voices and untold stories, helping authors turn their ideas into books and supporting them at each point in their writing career.

We are proud to represent a diverse range of writers who are talented, passionate and who write with real purpose. Working closely with our authors from the inception of their ideas, through to submission, publication and beyond, we help them turn their dream of writing into a long, happy and successful career. Publishing can be a bewildering industry and we’re passionate about making it as inclusive and open as possible so we strive to demystify the publishing process  for first-time writers.

Led by our editorial instincts, we enjoy working closely and collaboratively with all our authors both on and off the page. We pride ourselves on finding authors the perfect home for their work, negotiating the best possible deal and helping to build a strong team behind them. We  work with Emily Randle of Randle Editorial & Literary Consultancy  for our foreign rights and with a select number of film & TV co-agents to sell the rights to our clients’ work internationally, in all formats and mediums. 

We represent a broad range of writers but we do not represent writers of screenplays, scripts or poetry.

How to submit: Read submission guidelines HERE

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Greenstone Literary Agency (UK)

Ms. Laura Heathfield co-founded Greenstone Literary with Tanera Simons in 2024. Laura studied law at university and spent over 20 years with Virgin Atlantic which allowed her to indulge her passion for reading whilst travelling. On deciding to pursue a career in publishing, Laura joined the Darley Anderson Agency where she worked across the Women’s Fiction list, reading submissions, handling contracts and supporting authors on their path to publication and beyond. Laura is looking for commercial crime, thriller, suspense, bookclub, historical and romance fiction as well as select non-fiction.

Tanera Simons' interests lie in rom-com, love stories, commercial historical fiction, book club, and in female-driven novels with a slightly darker edge. "Across all of these I am always looking for a strong hook – a set-up that immediately intrigues me and makes me want to find out more – as well as rich, layered characters who we can’t help but invest in."


How to submit: Follow the agency's guidelines HERE.

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Creative Roots Studio (UK)

Fiz Osborne and Rachael Davis-Featherstone founded Creative Roots Studio in 2024 as a way to work closely and dynamically with publishing houses, spearhead the creation of a wide range of brilliant children's books and help build sustainable careers for children's book creatives.

What they are seeking: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and children’s non-fiction.

How to submit: Read submission guidelines HERE. Check for open submission periods.

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Rosecliff Literary 

Jessica Berg is the founder of Rosecliff Literary. She is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents. With a strong educational background in language and an MFA in Fiction, Jessica possesses the experience to offer  personalized guidance to help authors achieve their publishing dreams. Connect with her online on all the places @jesssica__berg. 

Jessica represents all genres of fiction, as well as self-help and memoir.

How to submit: Please follow the agency's guidelines HERE





Thursday, June 27, 2024

106 Calls for Submissions in July 2024 - Paying markets

This July there are more than eight dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post upcoming calls for submissions shortly before the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.

Happy submitting!

Note: I update this list continually throughout the month, so check back frequently for new submission calls.

(Image: Flickr)

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The Forge Literary MagazineGenre: Prose. They prefer stories under 3,000 words but will consider up to 5,000 words. Payment: $100. Deadline: Free submissions open on the 1st of each month and close when cap is reached. 

Thema: A New RoutineGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme: A New Routine. Payment:  $10-$25 for short fiction and artwork, $10 for poetry. Deadline: July 1, 2024. Accepts reprints.

The Paris ReviewGenres: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: Opens July 1, 2024, and closes when they reach capacity.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: July 1, 2024. See themes.

Flash Fiction OnlineGenre: Flash fiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: Opens July 1, 2024.

Affirm Press. Restrictions: They only accept Australian authors or authors based in Australia, and only manuscripts that haven’t been previously published. Genre: Affirm Press accepts all literary and genre fiction. For non-fiction, they are interested in most subjects that have a market as long as the manuscript is entertaining, engaging and likely to leave readers better off. Read their submission guidelines here. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Okay Donkey. Genre: Flash fiction and poetry. Payment: Revenue sharing. Deadline: July 1, 2024. May close early if cap is reached.

Harbor Editions: Hybrid Chapbook Reading PeriodGenre: Hybrid chapbook. Chapbooks should be around 20-50 pages. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 1, 2024. No submission fee for BIPOC writers.

It Came from the Trailer ParkGenre: Horror-comedy with the same feel as The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

ShenandoahGenre: Creative Nonfiction. Payment: $80 per 1000 words of prose up to $400. Deadline: Opens July 1, 2024, and closes when they reach capacity. 

The Garden! Genre: Short stories. "We are looking for stories of any genre that respond to our title and/or cover art." Payment: €175. Deadline: July 2, 2024.  

Stone's ThrowGenre: Short stories abuot sex. Length: between 1,000 and 2,000 words. See themePayment: $25. Deadline: July 4, 2024. 

Fraidy Cat QuarterlyGenre: Horror, dark fantasy. Payment: Flash fiction (400-1,500 words long, $10 per accepted piece); Short stories (1,501-8,000 words long, $20 per accepted piece); Black and white artwork ($10 per accepted piece). Deadline: July 5, 2024. May close early if cap is reached.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essay on theme: "Heartbreak." Payment: $100. Deadline: July 5, 2024.

Stone's ThrowGenre: Noir, dark fiction, crime short stories. Length: between 1,000 and 2,000 words. See themePayment: $25. Deadline: July 7, 2024. 

Hexagon. Genre: Speculative fiction short stories, flash fiction, poetry, graphic stories, and visual art, in English or French. Payment: $5 for accepted poetry and cartoons, 0.01$ per word for all short stories up to 7,500 words, $40/page for comics and $150 for cover art pieces. (Payment in CAD). Deadline: July 7, 2024.

DaikaijuzineGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art. Payment: $10.00 for each short story, and $5.00 for each poem and flash fiction piece. Deadline: July 7, 2024.

Diet Milk: GothicGenre: Gothic fiction, poetry, and art (drawings, paintings, comics, collages). Payment: $0.01/word for fiction (minimum $40); $15/poem; $50/art piece. Deadline: July 8, 2024.

MslexiaRestrictions: Open to women. Genre: Fiction poetry, nonfiction. Payment: £30. Deadline: July 8, 2024.

Timber Ghost PressGenre: Novels and novellas, including cosmic horror, weird horror, sci-fi/horror, gothic, and contemporary. "We especially love Old West mixed with horror." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 10, 2024. 
 
Intergalactic RejectsGenre: Speculative short stories (science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, cosmic horror, etc.) that have been rejected from multiple markets. Length: Limit 5,000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 12, 2024.

Empyreal Tree MagazineGenre: Speculative Fiction. Payment $25. Deadline: July 12, 2024. See themes.

Spooky MagazineGenre: Cozy horror. Fun horror. Classy horror. 5000 words max. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 13, 2024. 

BrambleRestrictions: Open to disabled writers and artists based in Australia. Genre: Fiction, CNF, poetry. Payment: $200 (in total). Deadline: July 13, 2024.

Seaside GothicGenre: Seaside gothic fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a collection of photographs or illustrations. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

Inner Worlds ZineGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror prose with a strong emotional or psychological focus. "We are mainly interested in fiction, but we’re open to speculative memoir or creative non fiction, as long as it has speculative elements.” Payment: £0.02 per word for each piece accepted, with a minimum £20 payment. Deadline: July 14, 2024, for members of marginalised groups only.

Violet Lichen BooksGenre: Weird Fiction, New Weird, Eco-Speculative Fiction, Folk Horror, Surreal Fiction, and Literary Speculative Fiction novellas. Length: 20,000 to 40,000 words. Payment: Advance and royalties. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

The Fantastic OtherGenre: Mainstream and surrealist short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and art. Payment: $5. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

Solarpunk MagazineGenre: Solarpunk. Payment: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem, and $75/essay.  Deadline: July 14, 2024.

The RumpusGenre: Poetry. Payment: $400 divided among all contributors. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

BOA Editions — Blessing the Boats SelectionsGenre: Book of poetry by Women of Color. Payment: $5,000 + Publication. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

Philly Poetry Chapbook ReviewGenre: Reviews of chapbooks coming soon or published in the past three years, essays on the crafts of poetry and chapbook making or publishing, and features about authors or publishers of chapbooks. Payment: $10. Deadline: July 15, 2024. 

Twisted LaughsGenre: Dark humor. Payment: $15. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Bad Day Book - Teaching Edition. Genre: Poetry and prose. See site for theme. Payment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Bad Day Book - Parenting Edition. Genre: Poetry and prose. See site for theme. Payment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Able Muse PressGenre: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction manuscripts. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 15, 2024. 

If There's Anyone LeftRestrictions: Open to people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, members of marginalized genders, and disabled people. Genre: Speculative fiction. Length: 1000 words max. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Ursa PodcastGenre: Literary fiction and satire, "but we will happily make exceptions if you have a character-driven genre story. We are looking for stories that take risks, that are provocative and demonstrate a unique voice. We like stories that thrill." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: July 15, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Black Cat Publishing: Black Cat TalesGenre: Dark fiction and poetry on theme: Black cats. "Horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, weird westerns, cyberpunk, steampunk…we’re open to all." Payment: $50 for fiction, $25 for poetry. Deadline: July 15, 2024. 

The Ex-PuritanGenre: Poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, essays, and experimental work. Payment: $100 - $200 (CAD). Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Midnight Meadow Publishing's goal is to publish engaging and unique LGBTQ+ stories while elevating marginalized voices. They are interested in a wide variety of genres. Read submission guidelines HEREDeadline: July 15, 2024.

Electric SpecGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $20 per piece. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Cosmic Horror MonthlyGenre: Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, art. Payment: 6 cents/word. 50 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content. 200 dollars for cover art. Negotiable. Deadline: July 17, 2024.

Blanket Gravity MagazineGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. "We are interested in moments of emotional intensity, and how their effects ring out in the bigger picture of our identities. We are looking for writing and art that explore mental health or emotional life. By "mental health," we mean art that tries to make sense of emotional struggle or uncertainty, as well as our thoughts about who we are, what other people mean to us, and the nature of the world." Payment: $40. Deadline: July 19, 2024. 

Uncanny MagazineGenre: Speculative poetry. Payment: $40. Deadline: July 19, 2024. 

WordWorksRestrictions: Open to BC and Yukon writers. Genre: CNF and memoir. "In this issue, we’ll explore how point of view, setting, description, dialogue, and other narrative techniques can be used to tell the truth in new and engaging ways. Whether your subject is history, science, nature, travel, or your own life, we would love to hear from you if you work in creative nonfiction." Payment: $125 for articles of 400–550 words and $250 for articles of 800–1,050 words. $50 for selected reprints.$100 for cover art and $25 for other interior illustrations. Deadline July 19, 2024. Accepts reprints.

AstrolabeGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography & art. Payment: $50. Deadline: July 20, 2024.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essay on theme: Spike Lee. "For our month of Lee, we’re seeking essays and voices tackling any and all of his films, his performances, his writings, his impact on cinema and culture.” Payment: $100. Deadline: July 20, 2024. 

Witch HouseGenre: Cosmic horror. Payment: Token honorarium. Deadline: July 21, 2024.

Diabolical PlotsGenre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror up to 3,500 words. Payment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: July 22, 2024.

SplinterGenre: Memoir, poetry and fiction, profiles, reportage, writing about writing, and criticism. Payment: Profiles - $900; Reportage essays - $900; Memoir - $600; Criticism - $700; Fiction - $900; Poetry - $250/poem; Poetry collection - $450/collection; Writing about writing - $500. Deadline: July 22, 2024.

Storyteller: A Tanith Lee Tribute AnthologyGenre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, romance inspired by Tanith Lee. Payment: 10 cents'word. Deadline: July 16-22, open to underrepresented and historically marginalized voices including BIPOC, LGBTQAI+, disabled, and neurodiverse writers. July 23-29, open to all.

MythaxisGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Bad Day Book - College Life Edition. Genre: Poetry and prose. See site for theme. Payment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Bad Day Book - Special Needs EditionGenre: Poetry and prose. See site for theme. Payment: $40 - $75, depending on length. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Atlas of Deep OnesGenre: Weird fiction and nonfiction, poetry, art. See theme. Payment: Story: $25; Poems: $15; Non-fiction: $15. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Madame, Don’t Forget Your SwordGenre: Speculative fiction. "This anthology is dedicated to all the minions, sidekicks, and henchpeople: the ones responsible for getting the takeout, picking up the kids, and making sure that the evil plan actually works. The ones dedicated to showing how the monster works before the hero comes to save the day!" Payment: $5 plus royalties. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Memezine. Genre: "We like stuff that blurs the lines between art, literature, and content. Send any work (traditional or hybrid) that engages with our participation in the digital landscape. Send us your best…oh screw it, send us your worst too. We encourage you to read our “About” page if this is your first time submitting, thank yewww <3" Payment: $4.20. Deadline: July 30, 2024.

Dragon Soul Press: Beautiful Darkness2. Genre: " In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Mud Season ReviewGenre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Writing Class Radio (Podcast). Genre: Personal essays. Theme: Abortion. Length: 1000 words max. Payment: $100. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Inner Worlds ZineGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror prose with a strong emotional or psychological focus. "We are mainly interested in fiction, but we’re open to speculative memoir or creative non fiction, as long as it has speculative elements.” Payment: £0.02 per word for each piece accepted, with a minimum £20 payment. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

AM InkGenre: Horror novels. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

berlin litGenre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Baubles From BonesGenre: Science fiction and fantasy. Length: All stories must be between 1,000 to 8,000 words. Payment: $.01/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Black Hare Press: Dark MomentsGenre: Drabbles on theme of Phobias. Payment: 4 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The Third Black Beacon Book of MysteryGenre: Mystery stories. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Bannister Press: Other. Restictions: Open to women writers. Genre: Fantasy short stories. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

GabaGhoul - A Mafia Horror Anthology. Genre: Mafia-themed horror. Payment: 3¢ per word payment up to 5,000 words. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

FIYAHRestrictions: Submissions are restricted to people of the African Diaspora. Genre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry about African Diaspora. Length: Short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words. See themePayment: $150 per story. $50 per poem. $300 per novelette. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Silver BladeGenre: Science Fiction, Slipstream, Classic and Modern Fantasy; short fiction, flash fiction, novellas, and poetry. Payment: $15 for novellas, $3 for flash fiction, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems and $15 for Featured Poets (by invitation only). Silver Pen will pay half of these rates for previously published works. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Reprints accepted.

Anstruther BooksGenre: Poetry "that takes risks and represents a diverse cross-section of the Canadian literary community." Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Spoon Knife Anthology. Genre: Genre-bending short fiction, short literary memoir, and poetry. Payment: $20 plus 1 cent per word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

LitmosphereGenre: Art, flash (fiction and nonfiction), poetry, and short prose (fiction and literary nonfiction). Payment: $50 per accepted poem, flash fiction and nonfiction; $100 per short fiction and literary nonfiction; $250 for non-exclusive online use of 15-30 images. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Flux is an imprint of North Star Editions, a Minnesota-based house specializing in trade fiction. Genre: YA fiction manuscripts. Flux specializes in "alternative voices." The editors believe that young adult novels are a "point of view," not a reading level. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

UWA Publishing (University of Western Australia). Genre: Fiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

MudroomGenre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Jolly Fish is an imprint of North Star Editions, a Minnesota-based house specializing in trade fiction. Genre: MG and YA fiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The London MagazineGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The Temz ReviewGenre: Prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

MaydayGenre: Short fiction, CNF, Poetry, Art, Interviews, Nonfiction. Payment: $20 - $50. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Cast of WondersGenre: YA Speculative fiction. Podcast. See themePayment: $.08/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words. For reprints, a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, and a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction. DeadlineDeadline: July 31, 2024.

Three Cousins Publishing: The Trouble With TimeGenre: Time travel stories. Stories must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Email the submission to westmesapress@gmail.com. Put “Submission, your story title, and your name in the subject line.

Quarter Press: Quarter(ly)Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. See themesPayment: $5. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Space and TimeGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, magical realism. See theme. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Arc Poetry MagazineGenre: Poetry. "Arc Poetry Magazine invites artists who live with disability/chronic illness/mental illness and other forms of existence that are impacted by ableism to send us poems exploring what it means to be in the world, or your topic of choice." Payment: $50 per page. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Nonbinary ReviewGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry, art. Theme: False Memories. Length: Up to 3,000 words for prose; up to 3 pages for poetry Payment: $0.01/word for prose, $10 for poetry. $25 flat fee for visual art, or $50 for pieces chosen as cover art. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

SpookyGenre: Horror. "Cozy horror. Fun horror. Classy horror. Dare we say, wholesome horror?" Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

PodcastleGenre: Fantasy podcast. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $0.06/word for original; $100 for reprints, $20 for flash fiction reprints. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

parABnormalGenre: Nonfiction, poetry on the paranormal. "For us, this includes ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores." Payment: $25.00 for original stories, $7.00 for reprints.$6.00 for each poem. $20.00 for original articles, $6.00 for reprints. $7.00 for reviews and interviews. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Haven SpeculativeRestrictions: Open to submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 8¢ per word for fiction and $20 for poetry. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

KaleidotropeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry—science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Payment: For fiction, $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, a flat rat of $60 for cover art. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

GwyllionGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: £10 per accepted story or poem. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

BrinkGenre: Hybrid, cross-genre fiction, nonfiction poetry. Payment: $25 Poem; $50 Work (less than 1500 words); $50 Art (1-3 Images); $100 Art (4+ Images); $100 Work (more than 1501 words). Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Tupelo PressGenre: Book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (28-47 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

New MythsGenre: Speculative fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: 3 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry; $50 for book reviews; $80 for art. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Bad BettyGenre: Full-length poetry collections. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

PseudopodGenre: Horror Anthologies and Collections of stories that have been published by Pseudopod. Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: July 31, 2024. 

Cowboy UpGenre: "We are looking for stories up to 7500 words in length that feature the sport of Rodeo. They can be in any genre as long as the sport of Rodeo is a key part of the story." Payment: $20. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Spoon Knife AnthologyGenre: Genre- bending short fiction, short literary memoir, and poetry. See theme. Payment: $20 plus 1 cent per word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Lycan Valley PublicationsGenre: Horror, thriller and pulp novellas with some type of paranormal, supernatural, occult or psychological aspect. Own Voices and BIPOC are strongly encouraged to submit. Adult and YA novellas considered. Submit your complete novella (17,000 to 28,000 words) in rtf or pages format. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Die Laughing Literary MagazineGenre: Horror comedy. Payment: $10 for flash, $25 for shorts. Deadline: July 31, 2024. 

Flash Point Science FictionGenre: Speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,000 words in length. "Send us your science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and everything in between, so long as it’s short." Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

AM InkGenre: Horror. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Flash FrogGenre: Flash fiction ghost stories. 1,000 words max. Payment: $25. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The MarrowGenre: poetry written in, or translated into, English, from Australian and international poets. Payment: AU$40. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Four Palaces Publishing: Solastalgia - 2024 Nonfiction AnthologyGenre: Creative nonfiction essays between 2,000 and 6,000 words. "Solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment." Payment: $100 for selected work.The author with the winning creative nonfiction essay will receive $1000 and mentorship in either craft or professional development from our guest judge, Erica Hoffmeister. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

AND A FEW MORE...

The RumpusGenre: Essays. Payment: $400 divided among all contributors. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: August 1, 2024. See themes.

Zombies in the New NormalGenre: Zombie stories. Payment: $100. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

Broken HighwaysGenre: Car Wars GameLit Fiction. "Theme: Have you ever looked at someone, and just know that they have one hell of a tale to tell? First-hand accounts from the road, told by the bounty hunters, highwaymen, and Federal Marshals out there in the mix." Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000.  Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

Face the StormGenre: Speculative Fiction. Theme: A collection of stories dealing with Space Coasties! Word Count: 5,000 – 10,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

Last Girls ClubGenre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Fiction, 15 cents/word. Poetry, $10. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

The First LineGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

The Offing: Back of the EnvelopeGenre: Back of the Envelope seeks writing of any length and genre which relates to, or draws on, science and the natural world. Sharing its wonder or its horrors, relating the untold stories of discovery, or toying with everyday curiosities, we're interested in hearing from those inside and outside the scientific community. Payment: $25–$100. Deadline: August 1, 2024.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

61 Writing Contests in July 2024 - No entry fees

This July there are more than five dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes this month range from $100,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Many of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline has passed, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck! 

Note: I update this list continually throughout the month, so check back frequently for new contests.

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PEN America’s U.S. Writers Aid InitiativeRestrictions: Applicants must be professional writers based in the United States, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping address a short-term emergency situation. Prize: Grant, amount not specified. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Sponsored by Claremont Graduate University. Restrictions: Poets must be citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States. Genre: Poetry. Book must be author's first full-length book of poetry, published between between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024. Self-published books are accepted. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Sponsored by Claremont Graduate University. Restrictions: Poets must be citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States. Genre: Poetry. The work submitted must be a first book of poetry published between between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024. Manuscripts, CDs, and chapbooks are not accepted. Prize: $100,000. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Langdon Review Writer-in-Residence Program. This is a two-week residency at Texas-based Tarleton State University, providing an opportunity to present at the Langdon Review Weekend festival, and publication in the school's Langdon Review journal. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 1, 204.

The AutoEthnographer Student ScholarshipsRestrictions: Open to creatives anywhere in the world who identify as active students at any age or level. Works must be nominated by an instructor, professor, tutor, or other educator; the author/artist must have been an enrolled student in the 2022-2023 school year. Genre: Works of literary and artistic autoethnography. Prize: $250 and publication. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

ALCS Award for Educational WritersGenre: Nonfiction book (with or without illustrations) that stimulates and enhances learning for either 5-11 year olds (in odd-numbered years) or 11-18 year olds (in even-numbered years). For 2023, titles must be for ages 5-11. Books must have been first published in the UK within the previous two calendar years (2021 or 2022 of the current deadline year). Prize: £2,000.00. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Richard J. Margolis AwardGenre: Journalism. Prize is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Prize: $5,000 and one month of residency at Blue Mountain Center. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Local Word Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Entries are welcome from living poets anywhere in Australia 16 years or older. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $2,000 AUD top prize. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

BCLF Short Fiction Story Contest (BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Prize and BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean)Restrictions: All entrants must be of Caribbean heritage/of Caribbean descent or writers who were born/raised and holding nationality in the Caribbean. Genre: Unpublished short fiction (3000 words max). PrizeUS$1750 for each contest. Deadline: July 1, 2024.

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry AwardsGenre: Poetry. "The awards contest is an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Prize: $200. Deadline: July 1, 2024. Free entry for poets age 12 and under.

Forum PrizeGenre: Essay on the subject of: ‘The Art(s) of Delight’ "We are looking for bold, visionary and persuasive essays that use academic research to pursue innovative questions. The topic may be addressed from the perspective of any of the literatures (including literary linguistics, translation and comparative literature approaches) normally covered by the journal: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish." Prize: £500 and publication. Deadline: July 1, 2024. 

Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist FellowshipsRestrictions: Open to writers who have lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: July 3, 2024.

The Richell Prize for Emerging WritersRestrictions: Open to unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older. Genre: Fiction and narrative non-fiction, the first three chapters plus synopsis (max 20,000 words). Prize: $10,000 and a year’s mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work on its website. Deadline: July 7, 2024.

Furious FictionGenre: Flash fiction. "On the first Friday of every month, a new set of story prompts will be revealed. You will have 55 hours to submit your best 500-word (or fewer) story." Prize:  $500AUD. Deadline: July 7, 2024. Opens July 5.

Wingate Literary PrizeGenre: Published book that explores Jewish themes. Book must be published between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024, must be published, distributed or easily available in the UK and Ireland, and must be published in English, whether originally or in translation. Prize: £4,000. Deadline: July 7, 2024.

Conversation PieceGenre: Stories, poems, dialogues, screenplays, etc made up of 100% dialogue/speech. No word limit. Prize: "Modest" Deadline: July 7, 2024.

HG Wells Short Story Competition. Genre: Short story on theme. See site. Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Prize: £1,000 and publication in the annual HG Wells Short Story Competition Anthology.  Deadline: July 8, 2024. No fee for writers under the age of 21. Those over 21 can enter for a fee.

Diversity in Beer Writing Grant 2024Genre: Nonfiction article about beer that explores areas of diversity and inclusion in beer. Prize: Chosen writers will receive payment of 50 cents per word for their work, up to $1,000. Deadline: July 8, 2024. 

Sine Theta PrizeRestrictions: Open to  members of the Sino diaspora. Genre: Fiction (prose) and poetry. See themePrize: All authors published in sinθ receive a $10 USD honorarium. For the two contest winners, there is an additional $200 USD prize, amounting to a total of $210 USD. Deadline: July 10, 2024.

Stony Brook Short Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges are eligible. Genre: Fiction of no more than 7,500 words. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: July 14, 2024. 

Blessing the BoatsRestrictions: Open to all women poets of color in the U.S., including poets who identify as cis, trans, and non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers on women’s experiences, regardless of citizenship and publication history. Genre: Full-length poetry manuscript. Prize: $5,000 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. Deadline: July 14, 2024. 

Apparition LitGenre: Flash fiction. See themesPrize: $30. DeadlineJuly 14, 2024.

Donn Goodwin and Joseph Gahagen Poetry Prizes: Milwaukee Irish FestGenre: Poetry. Entries should have a culture/literary relation to either Ireland, Irish-America, or to Irish poetry. Prize: $100. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

The Kari Howard Fund for Narrative JournalismRestrictions: Open to women and nonbinary journalists. Genre: Narrative Journalism. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: July 14, 2024.

The Governor General’s Literary AwardsRestrictions: Books must have been written, translated or illustrated by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Genre: Best English-language and the best French-language book will be chosen in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustrated books) and Translation (from French to English). Prize: $25,000. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

The UNLEASH  WIP PrizeGenre: Book-length work in progress of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid. Prize: Writers will receive editorial feedback, a coaching call, $500 US, and an excerpt/interview feature in Unleash Lit. 

Singapore UnboundRestrictions: Open to undergraduates. Genre: Critical essays on topics in Singapore literature. Prize: $250. Deadline

Iron Horse PrizeGenre: First book of collected prose. Prize: $1000, and the collection will be published in the summer of 2024 by Texas Tech University Press. Deadline: July 15, 2024 (extended through July 16). (Free day)

International Fiction FestivalGenre: Short Story (10,000 words maximum), Novella (10,000-40,000 words), and Novel (40,000 words minimum). Prize: $1000. Deadline: July 18, 2024. 

Boardman Tasker PrizeRestrictionsThe prize will be awarded for a work first published or distributed in the United Kingdom between July 15, 2023 and July 15, 2024. Genre: Books with a mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, written in the English language. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Swamp Pink Prize for Indigenous WritersRestrictions: Open to indigenous writers in the United States. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Prize: Winners in each genre will receive $500 and publication. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Iron Horse PhotofinishGenre: Brief ekphrastic work that pushes beyond an absolute literal read of a photo prompt. "We're looking for work that recognizes what's hidden in the world we see, responding to the physical details that the picture offers or what emotion it conveys or both. We provide the photo on our website and social media platforms every mid-May. Responses should be no longer than 500 words for prose or 15 lines for poetry. Prize:  Winner receives $250. The finalists receive: $50. Deadline: July 15, 2024. Free submissions on July 15 only.

Helen Schaible International Sonnet ContestGenre: Poetry. Categories: #1 Traditional Sonnet – Shakespearean or Petrarchan; #2 Modern Sonnet. Prize: $50, 2nd Prize $30, 3rd Prize $20, three Honorable Mentions, three Special Recognitions. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

LSU Alexandria English & Humanities DepartmentGenre: Flash Fiction. Tell a short-story with a title. In a minimum of 6 words and a maximum of 1,500 words, tell a story about what happened, who it happened to, and why. Prizes: First, second, and third place finishers will be awarded $250, $150, and $100 respectively, and the stories will be published on the LSUA website. Deadline: July 15, 2024.

Stone CanoeRestrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $250 and publication. Deadline: July 15, 2024 for fiction and poetry. (It is difficult to find this information on their website.) 

Carol Shields Prize for FictionRestrictions: Books must be first edition English-language books written by a Canadian or American citizen or permanent resident of either country. Works written by women or non-binary authors are eligible for submission. The Prize welcomes and encourages submissions by transgender woman authors. Genre: Published novel, short story collection or graphic novel. Prize: $150,000 Canadian dollars. Deadline: Entries for books published between January 1, 2024 – July 31, 2024, must be received on or before July 15, 2024.

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing PrizeRestrictions: Entrants must have published no more than six pieces of writing in print or online prior to their submission. Genre: Review of a contemporary art exhibition. Prize: £1,000. Deadline: July 15, 2024. 

Ibby Rivers Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to Oregon and SW Washington residents only. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $300. Deadline: July 15, 2024. 

Write the World: Journalism CompetitionRestrictions: Young writers ages 13-19.5. Genre: News article: Global correspondents. Prize: Best Entry: $100; Runner up: $50. Deadline: July 22, 2024.

Black Voices in Children's Literature Writing ContestRestrictions: The contest is open to Black authors who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing anywhere in the United States. Genre: Original children’s books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) or for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring authentic, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, identity, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. Religious and fantasy themes will not be considered. Prize: First Place: $1000. Second Place: $500 cash prize. Third Place: $250 cash prize. Deadline: July 22, 2024.

Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous WritersRestrictions: The prize is open to Indigenous Australian writers who are 35 years or younger at the closing date of the competition. Genre: Poetry. Prize: First prize includes $5000, an optional writing residency at Trinity College, and publication of the successful piece in Overland. Deadline: July 27, 2024.

SLF Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds GrantsRestrictions: Open to writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. -- those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process. Genres: Book-length works (novels, collections of short stories) of speculative fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Apex Flash Fiction ContestGenre: Speculative fiction, 1000 words max. Prize: 8 cents/word or $10, which ever is greater. Deadline: June 30, 2024. Note: Apex Magazine’s Flash Fiction Contest is open from the 7th until the final day of each month. The contest is themed.

Eucalyptus LitGenre: Poetry and prose. Prize: Winner will receive a prize of $75, and the runner-up will receive $25. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year AwardRestrictions: Open to young poets age 11 - 17. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Publication. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Landfall Essay CompetitionRestrictions: Open to New Zealand writers. Genre: Essay about New Zealand. Prize: The winner will receive $3000 and a year’s subscription to Landfall. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Polar Expressions Publications Short Story and Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to Canadians only. Genre: Short story, poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime WritersGenre: An unpublished work of crime fiction, aimed at readers from children’s chapter books through adults. This may be a short story or first chapter(s) of a manuscript in-progress of 2,500 to 5,000 words. Prize: $2,000. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The Stephen Spender PrizeRestrictions: Open to UK or Irish citizens, or pupils at a British School overseas. Genre: Translated poetry from Portuguese to English. Prize: £50-£100. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Briefly WriteGenre: Poetry up to 10 lines. Prize: Total prize fund - £75Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Mustapha Matura AwardRestrictions: The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK. Entrants must be 25 years or under at the time of submission. Genre: Stage play in English. Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered. Prize: £3,000 top prize. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

What’s Your Story? Restrictions: Open to Victorian residents. (Australia) Genre: Poetry, short stories, CNF. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

James Berry Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to poets of colour, who are UK residents (permanently reside in the UK: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man) who have not yet published a book-length collection, with special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Genre: Poetry. Prize: 3 equal winners each receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Surging TideGenre: Poetry, prose. Prize: The winner of each category will be awarded $100 and each runner-up will also be awarded $25. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Arablit Story PrizeGenre: Flash fiction in Arabic. Prize: 1st prize: £300 2nd prize: £200 3rd prize: £100. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Scottish Book Trust New Writers AwardsRestrictions: Scottish writers over 18 years of age. Genres: The awards are divided into three different categories.: Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction in English and Scots, Poetry in English and Scots, Children’s and Young Adult Fiction in English and Scots. Prize: £2,000 and personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals. Training in PR, performance and presentation training, and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The Lehrhaus Short Story ContestGenre: Short stories that explore the depth and diversity of Jewish ideas. The story should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Prize: $100 and publication. Deadline: July 31, 2024. 

Four Palaces Publishing: Solastalgia - 2024 Nonfiction AnthologyGenre: Creative nonfiction essays between 2,000 and 6,000 words. "Solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment." Payment: $100 for selected work.The author with the winning creative nonfiction essay will receive $1000 and mentorship in either craft or professional development from our guest judge, Erica Hoffmeister. Deadline: July 31, 2024.

The Washburn Chapbook PrizeRestrictions: Open to women or non-binary writers. Genre: Chapbook exactly 10 poems long. Prize: $200 and publication of their micro chapbook online at Harbor Review. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Fees are waived for BIPOC identifying writers only.
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BiopageGenre: "Inspiring, uplifting, and heartwarming stories." Prizes: Up to $300. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Registration required.

Substack runs a monthly short story competition. Their mission is to "revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful." Genre: Short story. Length: 6000- 10,000 words. Prize: $100 plus 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Reprints are ok so long as you still have the rights to distribute.

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