Current Contests

Current Writing Contests

The Monthly Muse • NOW OPEN

View Topics and Additional Details (9/15/17 Deadline)

45th New Millennium Writing Awards • NOW OPEN

Currently Accepting Submissions for:

  • New Millennium Poetry Prize
  • New Millennium Fiction Prize
  • New Millennium Nonfiction Prize
  • New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize

First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.

Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, will be published in New Millennium Writings and receive two complimentary copies.

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  • No restrictions on style or subject matter.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Previously published works accepted if: Print circulation was under 5,000, or the work was published online only.
  • Fiction – 6,000 words or less
  • Nonfiction (all types welcome) – 6,000 words or less
  • Flash Fiction (aka: Short-Short Fiction) – 1,000 words or less
  • Poetry – each entry may include three poems, up to five pages total. 
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem(s).


For any category or combination of categories:

  • 1 Entry – $20
  • 2 Entries – $40
  • 3 Entries – $45 (reg $60)
  • 4 Entries – $60 (reg $80)
  • 5 Entries – $75 (reg $100)

Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.

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J. L. Schneider (Award-winning author and two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, Schneider has now received 17 First Place awards from a variety of publications.)

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