Writing Contest – Take a Shot and Bet on Your Writing
Bukowski used to bet in horses, as well his major character, Henry Chinaski. He lit a cigarette, opened thousands of beer cans, maybe downed shots of whiskey and spent the day watching those big animals running in circles. If you are a writer, but aren’t necessarily a lover of horse racing, you might want to take your chances on something more viable: yourself and your own writing.
I’m going to be honest: I don’t particularly enjoy writing contests, but the contests are indeed all around. And if you give it a try, luck may just go your way. Several well-recognized magazines and institutions are currently accepting contest applications. Some offer a monetary prize and some offer publication of your work as a prize (be aware, though, that when monetary awards are involved, the competition increases).
September 30 is the deadline for many of the contests, including:
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry by California State University (prize of $2.000 and publication)
Short Fiction Awards of University of Iowa Press (publication)
Juniper Prizes by University of Massachusetts Press ($1.500 and publication)
Poetry Prize of New Criterion ($3.000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press)
Green Rose Prize by New Issues Poetry & Prose ($2.000 and publication)
Morton Marr Poetry Prize by Southwest Review ($1.000 and publication)
Fiction Open by Glimmer Train Press ($2.500 and publication
Short Fiction Prize by Chariton Review ($1.000 and publication)
Short Story Collection Contest by Georgetown Review ($1.000 and publication)
Journal Award in Poetry by Ohio State University Press ($2.500 and publication)
Poetry Award by Red Hen Press ($1.000 and publication)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest by Winning Writers ($1.000 and publication).
If you want more information about writing contests in English, the site Poets & Writers is a good start. For Portuguese speakers, Benfazeja Magazine offers a generous list, and for Spanish speakers, I suggest the Escritores’ site.
By Jr. Bellé