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Contest to celebrate the University of Victoria
The Malahat Review invites entries for the University of Victoria 50th Anniversary Prize. Prizes: $2200 in total prize money. Four genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic monologue. Open to UVic alumni, students, and residents of Victoria, Canada. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 15, 2012.
Entries open for Alice Munro short story contest
Entries are invited for the Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival short story contest. Theme: Renewal. Length: 5000 words max. First prize: $500 (Adult) and $300 (Teen). Entry fee: $20 (Adult only). Deadline: August 1, 2012.
Poetry and fiction contest $750 in first prizes
The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: $250US; first prize short fiction: $500US. Entry fees: $5US (poetry) and $10US (fiction). Deadline: July 31, 2012.
Notorious 3-day novel contest open
Registration is now open for the Canadian-born 35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. First prize: publication; additional prizes available. Fee: $50/$55. Registration deadline: August 31, 2012.
Short story contest with $1000 prize
Red Hen Press invites submissions for the 2012 Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Prize: US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Entry fee: US$20 (up to two stories). Length: 25 pages. Deadline: June 30, 2012.
Personal essay content with $1000 prize
Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. First prize: US$1000; additional prizes available. Entry fee: US$15. Deadline: August 15, 2012.
Contest: Short pieces on sonic geography
Musicworks (Canada) invites submissions for their Sonic Geography Writing Contest. Write 500 words about the sound of a specific location, and how it influences the space. Length: 500 words max. First prize: $500. Deadline: June 25, 2012. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription and CDs).
Contest for short travel stories
Leap Local is accepting 500-650 word travel story submissions to their 3rd annual international competition. First prize: $500; additional prizes available. Top three stories will be published in Leap’s travel magazine,”What on earth?”. Deadline: August 31, 2012. No entry fee.
Seeking ‘outsider fiction with a nostalgic bent’
Quarterly online journal Literary Orphans (Chicago,US) seeks short-fiction and some poetry (stream-of-consciousness preferred) for its second issue. Theme: ‘Nuts and Bolts (and other phallic and ionic symbols)’. Length: 7500 words max.
Poetry contest with $1000 prize & publication
Red Hen Press (US) is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry for the 2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Entry fee: US$20 for up to three poems, 120 lines max. Award: US$1000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review. Deadline: September 30, 2012.
Fiction and poetry contest with $1000 in prizes
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence invites submissions of fiction and poetry. Winners receive $650 (fiction) or $350 (poetry), books from a variety of well-known Canadian presses, and publication in best-of anthology. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2012.
Poetry manuscript contest with $3000 prize
Red Hen Press (US) is accepting submissions of unpublished poetry manuscripts for the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Prize: US$3000 plus publication of the selected collection. Length: 48-96 pages. Entry fee: US$25. Deadline: August 31, 2012.
Creative nonfiction contest with $1000 prize
The Malahat Review (Canada) invites entries for theConstance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Prize: $1000. Submit creative nonfiction 2000-3000 words. Deadline: August 1, 2012. Entry fee (includes subscription): $35; US$45 for international.
Poetry contest with $500 prize
Print and online journal Vallum: contemporary poetry (QC) invites poetry entries for their contest. First prize: $500 plus publication. Deadline: July 15, 2012. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription).