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“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” | Jack Canfield
My old journals and notebooks.

My old journals and notebooks.

I thought I’d put up another post about competitions and open submissions. There’s so much out there for writers and poets once you start looking. Personally I’m excited for the $35,000 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It would be so cool to write something that could go on screen. I already have some neat ideas (leaning towards comedy).

Before I start, Aerogramme Writers put out an article listing many opportunities for writers in March and April. Please have look; they’re one of the best sites to go to if you’re looking for challenges.

The 7th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest is open for submissions of poems that relate to meditation or mindfulness. Poets may submit up to three unpublished poems. The first place winner will receive $200; second place will receive $150; and third place will receive $100. Deadline is February 29.

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is currently open for submissions. Poets can submit a book-length manuscript, but there is no page requirement. The winner will receive $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. Deadline is March 1.

Lake Forest College and &NOW Books are currently hosting the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize. Fiction writers under forty may apply for the prize, which includes $10,000 and a three-week residency at the college. Deadline is March 1, and only the first 200 applicants will be considered! Apply for this one right now if you’re interested.

America Magazine, the National Catholic Review, is holding its 2016 Foley Poetry ContestPoets may submit one unpublished poem for consideration. While the poem must be 30 lines or fewer, there is no restriction on genre. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and publication in AmericaDeadline is March 31. 

Winning Writers is currently hosting it Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest.Poets can submit one humorous poem for consideration. The first place winner will receive $1,000; second place will receive $250; and 10 honorable mentions will receive $100 each. All winners will be published online. Deadline (appropriately) is April 1.

Blue Mountain Arts is hosting its 28th Biannual Poetry Card Contest. Writers can submit poems that focus on a special occasion or person. There is no limit to how many poems a writer can submit. The first place winner will receive $300; second place will receive $150; and third place will receive $50. The winning poems will also be published online. Deadline is June 30.

The Griffin Poetry Prize welcomes poets and translators to submit their work. Two prizes will be awarded. The Canadian Prize will go to a Canadian poet or translator who has published or translated a work. The International Prize will go to a poet or translator from any part of the world. Each prize winner will receive $65,000 CAD. In addition, shortlisted poets will receive $10,000 each. Deadline is June 30 with a second deadline of December 31.


For more competitions, check my previous post on this subject.