Arcturus Writing Contest


The Chicago Review of Books and its sister publication, Arcturus, are holding a writing contest now through April 1 for original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. There is a five-dollar reading fee for each category entered. Winners receive $100, publication in Arcturus, and a featured interview at the Chicago Review of Books.

Arch Street Press Now Accepting Submissions for Arch Street Prize (Deadline: April 24, 2015)


Arch Street Press is accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions of up to 10,000 words for its annual Arch Street Prize. US college and graduate students aged 18–30 may enter the competition. Each winner will receive a book contract, mentoring program, and $1,000 cash prize.

The submission deadline is April 24, 2015.

Arch Street Press is an independent nonprofit publisher dedicated to the collaborative work of creative visionaries, social entrepreneurs and leading scholars worldwide.

Call for Submissions: The Chicago Tribune’s Annual Nelson Algren Short Story Award Contest (deadline: 1/31/2015)


Fiction writers! Please see below for details on the Trib’s annual short story contest.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

The Nelson Algren Literary Awards starts at 10:01 p.m. (CT) on Dec. 1, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. By June 1st, 2015, a panel of judges will select 10 winners (one grand prize winner, four finalists and five runners up).

All entries must be:

  • Fiction
  • Less than 8,000 words
  • Double spaced
  • Written in English

One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000.

Your name and contact information MUST NOT appear on any page of your story.

If you are submitting two entries, please submit each entry separately. NOTE: Only 2 entries are allowed per person. 

Visit the Submittable page to submit and for further details.

Nelson Algren Short Story Contest

Calling all short story writers!

tribuneThe Chicago Tribune is currently taking submissions for its annual Nelson Algren Short Story Contest. All stories are judged blind and, in even better news, there is no entry fee!

The Tribune awards one winner with $5,000, three finalists with $1,500 each, and six runners-up with $500 each. Plus, all stories will be considered for publication in the Chicago Tribune.

Interested writers can submit up to two stories for consideration. Stories should be previously unpublished short fiction written in English and totaling 8,000 words or less. Send your submissions via the Nelson Algren Short Story Award submissions manager. And get those stories polished — the deadline for submissions is coming up February 1!

Click here for a list of detailed rules and requirements. Good luck to you all!

One Book. One Chicago Neverwhere Literature Contest

Submissions: Due by Thursday, April 28
Calling all writers! Submit your speculative and fairytale-based fiction and poetry in consideration for the Neverwhere Literature Contest, judged by One Book One Chicago panelist Kate Bernheimer, author of, most recently, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, and editor of Fairy Tale Review.

Deadline Thursday, April 28

Email one short story and/or up to three poems in the spirit of speculative fiction and fairytales to: onebookonechicago.contests(at) (replace “(at)” with “@” in the email address). Writers must own the rights to any work they submit for consideration.

Please include your name, title of work(s) submitted, email address, and phone number in the body of your email.

There is no entry fee.


David Welch
Coordinator of Literacy Outreach & One Book, One Chicago
Department of English
DePaul University
802 W. Belden Ave., Rm. 255
Chicago IL 60614
(773) 325-1775 (o)