The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky. Sarabande Books will select and publish one work of Kentucky literature (poetry, short stories, novella, short novel, essay collection, or creative nonfiction). The winning author also receives a two-week residency at the Blackacre Conservancy. See online criteria for entries. Entry fee $15. Deadline extended to Aug. 7.

Writer’s Block Creative Nonfiction Contest. Entries up to 4,000 words; unpublished personal or lyric essays, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves creative treatment of a nonfiction subject. First prize, $500. Entry fee $12. Deadline Aug. 15.

Let There Be Light Contest. Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “light.” First prize $1,000 and publication in The Writer. Multiple entry fee options. Deadline Aug. 21.

Gemini magazine Flash Fiction Contest. First prize $1,000. Entry fee $5. Deadline Aug. 31.

University of Louisville Calvino Prize. Submit up to 25 standard pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. First prize $2,000 and publication. Entry fee $25. Deadline Oct. 13.

Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay. Seeking honest, unsentimental nonfiction (up to 2,000 words) about soul searching through words. Writers are invited to address mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism, or any other issues connected to making meaning in a complicated world. First prize $500 and publication. Entry fee $15. Deadline Oct. 16.


Zoetrope quarterly literary publication considers unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. The publication was founded by Francis Ford Coppola and explores the intersection of story and art, fiction and film. Pays up to $1,000.

The author of the winning entry in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky receives publication of her/his work by Sarabande Books and a two-week residency at Blackacre Conservancy. See details below.

Contests, Markets & Grants


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