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August Short Story Contests

Plus Residencies, Grants, and Fellowships


August Short Story Contests

The deadline for the Gival Press Short Story Contest is August 8.

© Robert L. Giron.
Summer's here, but a few short story contests are still going on. As always, the basics are here; click through for more details. And review short story contest tips to prepare a successful application.

To submit the names of contests and awards for the month that I may have missed, please email me at fictionwriting@aboutguide.com. To check out contests for other months, click here. Or read about our criteria for judging whether it's a legitimate contest or a writing scam.

  • Chattahoochee Valley Writers' Conference Contests -- August 1
    Short fiction (up to 2,500 words) and poetry (60-line maximum per poem). First Place $150, Second Place $100, Third Place $50. No restriction on number of stories or poems submitted by  authors. Entry fee: $15 per story & for up to 5 poems.

  • Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest -- August 1
    The winning story will earn a $1,000 grand prize and publication in Memphis Magazine. Two honorable mention awards of $500 each will be given if the quality of entries warrants. Entrants must live within 150 miles of Memphis. Manuscripts should be sent to FICTION CONTEST, c/o Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. $10 entry fee.

  • Booktrust John Llewellyn Rhys Prize -- August 2
    A prize of £5,000 given annually to honor a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Open to British and Commonwealth writers aged 35 or under. Publishers may submit two books published in the UK during the previous year to: Booktrust, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, 45 East Hill, London, SW18 2QZ, United Kingdom.

  • Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships -- August 2
    Fellowships of $2,000 provide funding to Delaware artists working in the visual, performing, media, folk, and literary arts. Fellowships are designed to enable recipients to purchase equipment and materials, allocate working time, or fulfill other needs that will allow them to advance their careers. Apply online. No entry fee.

  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship -- August 3
    THE PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS WILL NOT BE OFFERING INDIVIDUAL ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2011. Fellowships of $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded to Pennsylvania artists to enable them to pursue their artistic goals. Apply online. No entry fee.

  • Philadelphia Stories: Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction -- August 4
    $2,000, publication, and travel expenses to an awards dinner in Philadelphia. Submit a previously unpublished original short story in English, up to 8,000 words. Submit online. $10.00 reading fee.

  • Gival Press Short Story Award -- August 8
    $1,000 given annually for a short story. Submit a previously unpublished original short story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words, of high literary quality. Mail to: Robert L. Giron, Short Story Award, Gival Press, LLC, PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. $25.00 reading fee.

  • New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award -- August 27
    The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories published the previous year. (Mss must be submitted by publishers.) No entry fee.

  • Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers -- August 31
    Awards of $1200, $500, and $300 for stories up to 12,000 words. Enter online. $15 entry fee.

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