Sarabande Books contests and residencies. Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry for a full-length poetry collection of at least 48 pages. First prize $2,000 and publication. $29 submission fee. Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for a short story collection, novella, or short novel (150–250 standard manuscript pages). First prize, $2,000 and publication. $29 submission fee. Sarabande Writing Residencies. Two two-week summer writing residencies in a private apartment at the 300-acre Blackacre State Nature Preserve near Louisville. Open to emerging and established writers, any genre. March 15 deadline for all.
GonzoFest Literary Journalism Contest. Has there ever been a more suitable time than 2018 for fire-honed and razor-edged journalism in the tradition of the late Hunter S. Thompson? Directors of the annual GonzoFest Louisville event invite writers from all corners of the world to enter a single piece of unpublished literary nonfiction journalism (1,000-2,000 words). First prize, $1,000 and possible publication in LEO Weekly. Include a cover page with author’s name, address, and contact information, and a statement attesting to the entry’s originality. Submit to Literary Contest Portal. Deadline March 28.
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Submit one humor poem online (published or unpublished). First prize, $1,000; second, $250. No fee to enter. Deadline April 1.
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