Prose Writing Contest: Gulf Coast Journal

Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as online exclusives.

Steve Almond will judge this year’s contest. Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Entries are due August 31, 2015. The $17 entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The folks at Gulf Coast will accept submissions via an online submissions manager and via postal mail.

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Write On! Local Writing Contest

Comment/question posted from Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) site:

Name: Jason Margolies


Phone: 703-737-8100 ext 4

Comment: Dear Writers:

Loudoun County Public Library would like to invite you to participate in our first annual short story contest for adults ages 19 and up. Write On! is currently accepting entries, and we would love to have yours.
Through August 11th, you can enter a short story of 2,500 words or less in any genre you choose. Cash prizes will be awarded!

You can find the submission guidelines, as well as FAQs, writing websites, and writing apps on the library’s own website, You can also find out the remaining dates of writing workshops taking place at the different branches… that is, if you have not already taken advantage of these free classes!

We are very excited for the finale of the contest, which will take place at Rust Library in Leesburg on September 14th , 2014, 2:00 pm, and will feature Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret, Invisible : A Novel, and The Things That Keep Us Here.

Please contact any one of our eight branches if you have any questions about Write On!

Thank you for your attention and we hope to be reading your entry soon!

A Couple Writing Contests

Hey writers:

If you’re looking for some acknowledgement of all your hard work, why not enter a contest? Here are a couple to look at for starters:

The Rattle Poetry Prize – Grand prize of $5000 for one unpublished poem.

The Bard Fiction Prize – The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.