Writing contests, challenges, and submissions are an excellent way for writers for get their work out there. Not to mention, these submissions are great practice for not only writing but also for submitting your work, receiving feedback, and (unfortunately) getting rejected.

Here’s a list of writing contests and submissions all due within the next month.

A QUICK NOTE: Remember to read every submission guideline on the submissions page, no matter where you submit your work. Information I have written here may change overtime and failure to read the follow the respective guidelines on the following websites may result in an automatic rejection of your work.

Good luck submitting your work!

Writing Contests

Due in May 2024

With No Entry Fees

Host: Common Ground Review
What:
Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Fiction
Deadline:
May 1, 2024

Host: Prairie Schooner
What: Essay, Fiction, Poetry
Deadline: May 2, 2024

Host: Foglifter Journal
What: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction
Deadline: May 2, 2024

Host: Miniskirt Magazine
What: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction
Theme: Pride
Deadline: May 10, 2024

Host: Kelp Journal
What: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction
Deadline: May 16, 2024

Host: Labyrinth
What: Academic essays, Prose, Poetry
Deadline: May 18, 2024

Host: Lucky Jefferson
What: Poetry, Prose, Flash Fiction, Short Story, Creative Non-fiction
Theme: “Ember”
Deadline: May 20, 2024

Host: Lucky Jefferson
What: Poetry, Prose, Flash Fiction, Short Story, Creative Non-fiction
Theme: “Wildflower”
Deadline: May 20, 2024

Host: Oyster River Pages
What: Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Host: Baltimore Review
What: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Host: Midway Journal
What: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Host: Black Fox Literary
What: Fiction, YA Fiction, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Host: Poet Lore
What: Poetry
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Host: 3Elements Review
What: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Theme: Must use the words “wedding dress,” “crowd,” and “anchorage”
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Writing Contests

Due in May 2024

With Entry Fees

Host: Radar Poetry
What:
Poetry
Submission Fee: $3 ($25 with feedback)
Deadline: May 1, 2024

Host: Writer’s Digest
What: Annual Writing Competition
Submission Fee: $20 for poetry ($15 for additional poetry entries), $30 for manuscript ($25 for additional manuscript entries)
Deadline: May 6, 2024 (early-bird deadline)

Host: Baltimore Review
What: Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Flash Creative Non-fiction
Submission Fee: $8
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli

Author

Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

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