No Entry Fee Contests

I have found these four no entry fee contests for fiction and poetry. We hope you find these helpful. Please remember to check guidelines before submitting your work.

The Common Review Short Story Contest

First prize: $400 and publication
Second prize: $200
Third prize: $150

The 2011 guest judge is Gina Frangello.

Deadline for manuscripts: Manuscript envelopes may be postmarked no later than February 15, 2011. All manuscripts must be mailed to:

The Common Review Short Story Prize
The Great Books Foundation
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60601

Please include full contact information, including email with your submission.

Electronic submissions will not be considered. Contest results will be emailed to all contestants. Manuscripts will not be returned. Previously unpublished manuscripts from 500 to 5,000 words.

2011 Nelson Algren Short Story Award Submission guidelines

Stories must be fictional, unpublished, under 10,000 words and received by midnight (Central time) Feb. 15, 2011.
Stories may be emailed to or mailed to:

Algren Awards
c/o Chicago Tribune
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

First prize: $5,000. Three finalist prizes: $1,500 each.


The Issue 9 submission period is now open. From now through noon Pacific time, February 16, 2011, you may submit via our Submission Manager or via snail mail. All submissions sent via snail mail must be postmarked by February 16, 2011.


  • Read the Submission Guidelines below.
  • Submit online with our Submission Manager, or submit by snail mail to Memoir (and) Submissions, PO Box 1398, Sausalito CA 94966-1398. To be advised of the status of your snail mail submission, include a SASE, or your email address.
    Questions? Email or call (415) 339-3142.

Your poem about Nantucket Island or about life on Nantucket Island could be on the cover of The Nantucket Directory

The winning poet will receive $250 and have his or her work published in the print and online editions of the 2011-2012 Nantucket Directory.

Submit up to three unpublished poems written in English and about any aspect of Nantucket Island or life on Nantucket.

Poems must be submitted with a signed entry form listing the author’s name, address, email address, and phone number. Names should not be on the poems themselves (but remember to title the poems and to write the titles on the entry form). Submissions will not be returned. No entry fee is required.

Submissions must be received no later than March 1, 2011. The winner will be notified no later than March 20, 2011. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in Yesterday’s Island, with author’s permission.

Send entries to: Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest, PO Box 626, Nantucket, MA 02554 or submit via email to

Good Luck !



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