Narrative Magazine, a nonprofit founded in 2003 and committed to advancing literary arts in the digital age, hosts several different contests throughout the year. While the organization accepts submissions for a wide range of art, including cartoons and photography, this post will mainly focus on contests that involve the use of words.
On July 19th, the submission period for Narrative Magazine’s Fifth Annual Poetry Contest will be coming to a close. Applicants may submit up to five, previously unpublished, poems, and the first prize is $1500.
For those of you who enjoy writing longer pieces, the organization is currently accepting submissions for their Spring 2013 Story Contest, the deadline of which is on July 31. Past winners of the organization’s contests have gone on to win other literary awards, such as the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award for Best Fiction, The Pushcart Prize Series, The Best American Short Stories Award, and more, a list of which can be seen here. The judges look for writing that give readers a larger view of themselves and the world, and submissions must not be more than 15,000 words. The first prize for the Spring 2013 Story Contest is $2500.
The great thing about Narrative Magazine is that they have many separate categories that authors can submit to, some of which overlap. For instance, if you submit a piece to the organization’s Spring 2013 Story Contest, that piece will also be considered for Story of the Week, which pays $150. Although, $150 isn’t as much as, say, $4000 (which just so happens to be the amount given for the organization’s annual Narrative Prize, which i’ll talk about in a moment), getting picked for Story of the Week can lead to your work getting more visibility.
So back to that $4000. The Narrative Prize is awarded by the organization annually to a new or emerging author with the best work published by Narrative that year. Although the deadline for this year has already passed, pieces submitted now will still be in the running for next year’s prize. This award is not limited to short stories or poetry. One-act plays, graphic stories, and novel excerpts will also be accepted.
To view all Narrative Magazine’s submission categories and guidelines, click here.
– Melanie Figueroa