As the leaves begin to turn colors in New England, and the waters of the Pacific begin to cool, we writers turn our thoughts to coffee mugs, sweaters, and early mornings with our laptops. Autumn is one of my favorite times to get back into the rhythm of writing. This Fall, there are several excellent contests where you can submit your work.

Why submit to a writing contest? 

– It helps you stick to your writing goals.

– It gives you a timeline to complete a draft of your work.

– It offers you money.

– Writing awards offer prestige within the industry.

– It feels good to accomplish a submission.

Deadlines of August 31, 2018

Inkitt Writing Competition – $300 prize + publishing package

New Voices Award – $2,000 prize for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

Young Lions Fiction Award – $10,000 prize – entries must be written by American writers 35 or younger who have published works in the calendar year of 2018

Deadline of October 15, 2018

The Marfield Prize – The National Award for Arts Writing, also known as the Marfield Prize, recognizes the author of an outstanding nonfiction book about the visual, literary, media, or performing arts. This $10,000 prize is designed to recognize excellence in arts writing for a broad audience.

Deadline of December 31, 2018

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

Monthly Awards

Write The World – a listing of several open competitions that updates frequently.