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Masters Review Blog: 11 Lit Mags and Contests 

by Kimberly Guerin
It’s the time of year to truly appreciate indoor lights and heating, as February attempts to bury us in snow and drown us in rain. Nevertheless, you mustn’t let the weather keep you from your duties—namely, entering as many of these contests as you can! Here are 11 lit mags and contests with deadlines in February.

Deadline: February 17

Write on the River 2017 Writers Competition

Submit your most polished, promising piece of prose – either fiction or nonfiction. With $1,200 in prize money, our contest is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will be honored on our website and at our May 2017 Conference.

This contest is open to any writer living in Washington state. Good luck, and happy writing!

Write on the River 2017 Competition Entry Form

Deadline: February 17

PNWA Literary Contest for Unpublished Work: Create, Develop, Submit

There comes a time when you know you need to send your work out in the world and see what readers think. The PNWA Literary Contest offers that opportunity. Every entry receives two valuable critiques – feedback that will help you grow as a writer.  

There are also cash prizes.  First, second and third place winners are chosen by agents and publishers. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and publishers.  

There are 12 categories and you can enter more than one. All for just $35 per entry for current PNWA members/ $50 per entry for non-members. 

Entry Options for PNWA 2017 Literary Contest

Based on your feedback, we’ve made some changes to our contest this year.  You will still be able to enter via mail or online. However, the online process is a hybrid one. You submit your manuscript online, but you mail in your entry form and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your critiques in the mail. We feel this is the best way to ensure everyone receives their critiques in a timely manner.   

Click here for the rules and guidelines and FAQ's. What are you waiting for? Be bold and enter!

Deadline: February 17

Write On The River’s Annual Writers Competition

Submit your most polished, promising piece of prose or nonfiction. $1,200 in prize money. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will be honored on our website and at the May 2017 Write On the River Conference.

This contest is open to any writer living in Washington state. Entries must be in the mail by February 17, 2017, so don’t delay.

Entry Form

Deadline: February 28

Glimmer Train New Writer Award

1st place $2,500 and publication. This category is open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.)

Our 2017 Submission Calendar

The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700.

Winners and finalists will be announced in the May 1  bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.Most submissions run 1,000 - 5,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine. 

Writing Guidelines

Note: Over the last four years, 88% of our first-place New Writers winning stories have been their authors' first print publications!

Make a Submission

Discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers since 1990.

Deadline: April 30

The Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize

This contest will be judged by poet Kaveh Akbar who is also the founder of Divedapper. The winner will receive $500, 20 contributor copies, and his/her book published in print and eBook format. The winner will also receive a vintage amethyst trophy (because we believe poets deserve trophies). 

For more information, click here.