Carnegie Center Flash Fiction Contest. Stories of 500 or fewer words. Prizes $150 and $100. Public reading Aug. 28 at the Carnegie Center. Submit by US mail to: Flash Fiction Contest, 251 W. Second St., Lexington, KY, 40507. See details online. Entry fee $10. Deadline July 13.
Haunted Waters Press Flash Fiction Competition seeks stories of 500 or fewer words. Prize $250, publication in From the Depths, and author interview. Entry fee $10. Deadline July 31.
Writer’s Block Poetry Prize. Submit up to three poems. Prize: $500 and publication in The Louisville Review, plus a chance to read your poem at the 2018 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville on Nov. 10. Entry fee $12. Deadline Aug. 1.
Orison Anthology Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Seeks unpublished works. Winners in each genre receive $500 and publication in the Orison Anthology. Submit up to three poems or up to 8,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Entry fee $15. Deadline Aug. 1.
University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize seeks full-length fiction manuscripts (novels or short stories). Selected author receives a $1,000 advance and contract to publish. No word limit. Entry fee $18. Deadline Aug. 15.
Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize for stories less than 4,200 words. Prize: $750 and publication in the Ocotillo Review winter 2019 issue. Entry fee $20. Deadline Aug. 20.
The Apparitionist National Ghost Story Contest. Limit 5,500 words. Only 500 submissions accepted. First prize, $200; second, $100; third, $50. Entry fee $10. Deadline Aug. 27.
Chicken Soup for The Soulseeks nonfiction stories up to 1,200 words on the theme “grandparents.” Pays $200. Deadline Aug. 31.
Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize for poetry books between 64 and 84 pages. Winner receives $1,000 and 15 author copies. Entry fee $25. Deadline Aug. 31.
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