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I Competitions for the year 2022 that are either free or ask for a small fee.



7 Day Story Writing Challenge. Globe Soup lets you register now for a 7-day story writing challenge. The challenge consists of a secret theme, a randomly assigned genre, and just 7 days to write a story of no more than 2,000 words. These 7 day story writing challenges take place throughout the year. The challenges are free and you can even get feedback on your story. Also, once you register you will remain registered for all the challenges until you unsubscribe. Entry is free: price for the winner: $500.


Elegant literature. Submission to the magazine is free. They also have monthly contests with fees. Submissions window opens on the first and closes at midnight on the final day of each month. The theme of each issue of the magazine is the same as the contest. All submissions to the contest are also treated as submissions to the magazine and are eligible to be published. Submitting your work to the contest could win you $3,000 in addition to publication. Word Limit: 500 – 2000 words, excluding the title. Pay Rate: ten cents ($0.10) per word, including the title. All genres accepted.


Secret Attic, UK magazine, has monthly competitions –free


Bridport poetry prize: submit poems up to 42 lines max. First prize £5000. In addition to the prize money, the top three winning poems are automatically entered into the Forward Prize for Poetry’s competition, with the chance to win a further £1000. Deadline: 12 midnight (UK time) on 31st May 2022. Postal entries postmarked 31st May but received later will be accepted. It also has competitions for short stories and flash fiction.



II Literary Magazines that are open to submissions for spring and summer issues.


MudRoom publishes poetry of all types. It is open for submissions until April 30th. Submissions are free. They pay fifteen dollars per accepted piece. Mudroom also publishes fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Four issues of prose and poetry are published per year.


Driftwood Press is a paying small press specializing in fiction, poetry, visual arts, and comics. It seeks submissions of short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry chapbooks, or comic collections. It also offers poetry submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission.


The New Verse News. Since 2005, it has covered the news of the day with “poems on issues, large and small, international and local.”  It seeks current events poetry. See the website for guidelines and examples. The website is updated daily. Deadline: all year-round.


Malahat Review: invites emerging poets to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world.

Deadline is 11:59pm (PDT) on May 1, 2022. One winner will receive a prize of CAD $1,000 and be published in the magazine's fall 2022 issue.


Avalon Literary Review: Electronic submissions only of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and personal essays. It’s open for submission for their spring and summer issues.


Euphony Journal.  A literary magazine founded in 2000, Euphony is a student-run literary journal at the University of Chicago. It publishes poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, creative non-fiction, plays from accomplished and aspiring writers around the country and within the University community.




III For those interested in Micro and flash fiction


Blink-Ink is a quarterly journal archived in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. It publishes the best in stories of approximately 50 words since 2009.


Birdseed Magazine publishes micro fiction of 150 words or less from new writers, emerging writers, writers of all types. It wants fresh, surprising voices and writing that “feels like rain or maybe a birdsong morning.” Open also to nature writing.


Microfiction Monday Magazine seeks to publish exceptional stories told in 100 words or less on the first Monday of every month.  There are no restrictions on genre or content. The magazine also encourages artwork submissions as well.


New Flash Fiction Review. An online magazine originally devoted to Flash Fiction, max 500 words. It now also publishes creative non-fiction.









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