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February 28, poems Paddlefish, of Mount Mary College, is accepting submissions for the William Kloefkorn Award. Winner receives $500 + publication. $12 entry fee for two poems. Guidelines here.

February 28, writers with children The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children–thank you, Sustainable Arts Foundation! Guidelines here.

March 15, multigenre Gulf Coast is running its annual contest for poetry, nonfiction/lyric essay, and fiction. Stanley Plumly, Maggie Shipstead, and Darin Strauss are judges. $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, and $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. There is also a reading fee. Guidelines here.

March 15, children’s book writers and illustrators The SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants are designed to assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project, and are funded by (mixed feeling about this, but a grant is a grant). Guidelines here.

March 31, poetry books Four Way Books is running its annual Levis Prize. $1000+publication+ a featured reading in NYC. Judged by James Longenbach. Complete guidelines here.

April 1, poems Indiana Review is running its annual poetry contest. $1000 + pub. $20 entry fee includes subscription. Nikky Finney judges. Guidelines here.

April 2, multigenre Ploughshares is running its 3rd annual Emerging Writer’s Contest. $1000 in three genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) + publication. Contest fee of $24 includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares OR current subscribers submit for free. Boston writers, this is our very own homegrown litmag & getting a subscription to Pshares means you’ve already won! Guidelines here.

April 30, poetry books Trio House Press is runs two annual contests, one for poets who have previously published 1 or 2 books and one for poetry books regardless of the author’s publication history. Winner receives $1000 + publication and 20 copies of the books. Reading fee is $25. Guidelines here.

June 1, multigenre spiritual writing Tiferet Journal is running its annual contest for poems, stories, and essays. $400 + pub (?) “Our mission is to help raise individual and global consciousness, and we publish writing from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions.” Caroline Leavitt, Dawn Raffel, J.P. Dancing Bear judge. Guidelines here.

July 1, multigenre writing about health Bellevue Literary Review is running its annual contest for exceptional fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. $1,000 + publication in the Spring 2014 issue of theBellevue Literary Review. Nathan Englander, Helen Benedict, and Tina Chang judge. Entry fee is $15 per submission. Guidelines here.

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