Writing & Chapbook Contests for June

This is by no means an exhaustive list. For more writing opportunities this June, Google any variation of the words ‘writing competition’.

Without further ado:

Cape Open Submissions

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination. Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress. For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through http://www.capegraphicnovels.co.uk. Submissions should be emailed as attachments to capesubmissions@randomhouse.co.uk. Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission. Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered.

Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize – Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh

Submit: May 15 through June 15, 2014. The Salamander Fiction Prize invites writers to submit one fiction story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. Prizes: First-place winner receives $1,500 and publication in Salamander magazine. Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh is the prize-winning author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. www.salamandermag.org

Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

Drunken Boat is accepting submissions of poetry, hybrid poetry, and poetry in translation for our inaugural book contest, judged by Forrest Gander. Deadline: June 25. Prize: $500, publication, 20 copies, and a launch at AWP. Manuscripts should be between 30 and 120 pages. Details: drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit.

Literary Juice Flash Fiction Contest

Literary Juice is hosting its second flash fiction contest, for stories 500 words or fewer. First prize winner will receive $200 (USD), plus publication of winning story on our website; runner-up will receive $50 (USD), plus publication online. Submission deadline: June 30, 2014. Visit the website for submission guidelines: www.literaryjuice.com

The Moth International Short Story Prize.

There is a 6,000 word limit. The entry fee is €9 per story and you can enter as many stories as you like. This year’s competition will be judged by Mike McCormack, a recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature whose debut short story collection was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award and was described in the Irish Times as ‘the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended’. Closing date: June 30th.

Dzanc Non-Fiction Prize

The winning manuscript will be selected by AUG 30, 2014 and the title will be published in the Fall of 2015. It will go through our full editing process and the author will receive a $1500 advance.. Ends on 6/30/2014. Read more here.

The Uppercut Chapbook Awards.

For poetry, flash fiction and hybrid forms. Read more here.

2nd Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2014.

Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- June 15th, 2014. The selected winner will receive $250.00 and publication on our website along with honorable mentions. This year’s final judge will be Nikki Giovanni. Find out more here.

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