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of the annual GonzoFest Louisville event invite writers from all corners of the world to enter a single piece of unpublished literary nonfiction journalism (1,000-2,000 words).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 Submit one humor poem online (published or unpublished).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.

What do writers Mary McCarthy (right) and Kentucky's favorite bad boy, Hunter S. Thompson, have in common? Each has a current writing contest in her/his honor. See details at the left. (Some interesting trivia about Mary McCarthy: both of her parents died in the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918; she and her brother went to live with grandparents in Seattle. Her brother, Kevin McCarthy, is best known for his role in the 1956 horror film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.)

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