Wisconsin & National Writing Contests
Go to websites listed below for details about prose and poetry contest deadlines, submission guidelines, entry fees, awards, and publishing opportunities for winners. ($$ indicates prizes over $1000) Some contests are online only. Always check any contest offers for authenticity, etc., before submitting your entry or fees. If you know of contests not listed here or know of changes to information below, please email Laurel Bragstad firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Microfiction Contest: $; flash fiction up to 500 words. http://www.readwritelive.org/2015-micro-fiction-contest.html
Friends of American Writers Award: for published books by residents of IL, IN, IO, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD, and WI; or the locale of the book must be in these states. Self-published and e-books not eligible http://www.fawchicago.org/awards.php
Mighty River Short Story Contest: $$, publication, stories up to 30 pages
OdysseyCon Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest: $, science fiction, fantasy, or horror up to 500 words, published on Odyssey Con website. http://odysseycon.org/contest/contest.html
Springfield (Missouri) Writers’ Guild 22nd Annual Poetry and Prose Contest http://www.springfieldwritersguild.org/
Wisconsin People & Ideas: $$, publication, reading opportunity; short stories and poems; open to all Wisconsin residents age 18 and older. http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/content/writing-contests
Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring Contests: $, prose, poetry; possible publication in WWA’s Creative Wisconsin http://www.wiwrite.org
Writer Advice Scintillating Starts Contest: $$, publication, up to 1500 words of any unpublished memoir or novel. http://www.writeradvice.com.
Fictional Black Ink’s Halloween Flash Fiction Contest: $, publication; up to 1,000 words http://blackinkcontests.com/contests/index.html
Master’s Review Fall Fiction Contest: $$, publication, up to 7000 words.
T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry: $$$, publication; Submit 60-100 pages of poetry.
Rollick Magazine: $, publication, themed stories, poetry, essays, reviews, art, photography, etc. http://rollickmag.com/somewhere-issue-3/
Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel: $$, publication http://www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize/
Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize: $, publication; up to 1500 words
Troubadours Poetry Award: No form restrictions. Must be inspired by a musician and/or lyrics of the troubadour/story-telling tradition. http://www.wppress.org/main/troubadour-contest/
Rooglewood Press: $, children’s story 5,000-20,000 words, fairy tale themes.
Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition: $1,000 advance, publication http://www.dzancbooks.org/dzanc-prizes/
Golfwell’s Annual Golf Story Writing Competition: $, publication on website http://www.golfwell.net/golfwell-s-story-contest.html
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest: $, poems for greeting cards
Highfield Press: $$, essays of 500-1,000 words related to a photo on the website http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests
Fanstory’s Tombstone Poetry Contest: $, Write a brief, humorous epitaph.
Wergle FLomp Humor Poetry Contest: $$, Submit one funny poem, up to 250 lines https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
Conium Review: $, publication http://coniumreview.com/contests/flash-fiction-contest/
Bartleby Snopes Annual Dialogue Only Contest: $, all dialogue, up to 2,000 words http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
The 2015 RRofihe Trophy No-Fee Short Story Contest: $, publication, 3,500-5,000 words http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/no-fee-rrofihe-trophy2015.html
Freeditorial Long Short Fiction Story Contest: $$$, fiction or historical 10,000-40,000 words to be posted online for people to download. Winner chosen by number of downloads. https://freeditorial.com/writers/contest
The Hudson Review Short Story Contest: $, up to 10,000 words
Annual Real Simple Life’s Lessons Essay Contest: $$, nonfiction essay of up to 1500 words.
The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize: $, up to 5,000 words. http://tsup.truman.edu/chariton/guidelines.asp
Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest: $, publication, up to 500 words
Essay Mama Contest: $, essay 800-1300 words on any of the topics listed http://www.essaymama.com
Tethered by Letters: $, publication, 55-500 words http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
The Nano Prize: $, publication, up to 300 words http://nanofiction.org/submit
Zoetrope Short Story Fiction: $, publication, up to 5,000 words http://www.all-story.com/contests.cgi
Weta Nichols Writing Contest: $, Contemporary; Historical; Paranonormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Young Adult/Middle Grade.
The Masters Review Short Story Contest: $$, publication, 6000 words or less from unpublished authors https://mastersreview.com/submissions/
Flash in the Attic Contest: $, publication, up to 1,000 words.
Splickety Prime Contest: $100 Amazon gift card and publication, up to 1,000 words (themed) http://splicketypubgroup.com/contests/
The Lindenwood Review Prose Poetry Contest: (Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO) $, publication, up to 3 prose poems http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2015/04/tlr-prose-poetry-contest-no-entry-fee_9.htmlWiscn