If you have a piece that is ready, or almost ready, or even if you can scribble something amazing quite quickly, here are some contests to enter before the end of 2017 (but you can keep them in mind for next year too)
Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award (Deadline - November 15)
is run by Mid-American Review an open to stories up to 6000 words in length. $10 entry. Winner receives $1000 and publication
Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline November 15)
Open to unpublished stories up to 7000 words. $20 entry. Entrants must be emerging writers who have not published a novel at the time of submission. First prize is US$2000.
Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline November 30)
Open to stories up to 10,000 words in all genres and styles. $20 entry. The winner will receive US$1000 and the winner and all finalists will be published in a special anthology.
Baltimore Review’s Winter Contest (Deadline November 30)
This annual contest is open to short stories, poems and creative non-fiction. Entry $10. The theme for the contest is ‘Food’. Prizes of US$500, $200, and $100 will be awarded and all entries are considered for publication.
Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story (Deadline December 10)
Prize of US$2000 and publication in Beloit Fiction Journal to the top unpublished story up to 7000 words on any theme.
Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction (Deadlines: December 1 and December 21)
The winning story will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries may be up to 30 pages. Entry $2. The Madison Review also runs the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry. Poetry entries close 1 December and fiction entries close 21 December.
River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31)
First prize US$1500. Entry $10. Writers may submit stories of up to 500 words and up to three stories with each entry. First, second and third place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the 100th issue of of River Styx.
Danahy Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31)
Prize US$1000 and publication in Tampa Review for a previously unpublished work of short fiction. Entry $20. Manuscripts between 500 and 5000 words
Nowhere Magazine’s Fall Travel Writing Contest (Deadline January 1)
Nowhere Magazine is seeking stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction or essay and first prize is US$1000. Stories should be between 800 and 5000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted