WRITING CONTEST XLV • NOW OPEN

POETRY • FICTION • NONFICTION • FLASH FICTION

$1,000, plus publication for each category.


Since 1996, the prize-winning literary journal New Millennium Writings has hosted and sponsored the New Millennium Writing Awards. We've published more than 1,700 authors, delivered 50,000 anthologies, and awarded $200,000+ to new and emerging poets and writers.

First time award winner and first time published are common here at NMW. Blind and anonymous judging ensures equality to writers at any level. All are encouraged, and all are welcome. We hope to read you soon!

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If there were a New Millennium Charter School, "Death 101" would be mandatory.
I'm envisioning field trips to veterinarians, nursing homes, hospitals, and cemeteries, as we all unburden and celebrate our experiences with death and the deceased.

The NMW Charter School may have to wait, but the sharing starts now.

Send us your (1000 words or less) short stories/essays about anyone who has shuffled off this mortal coil. Share your tribute, your longing, your peace. Death makes teachers of us all.

Suggested subjects:

  • Someone near and dear: a family member, friend, or mentor
  • Someone famous (or infamous). Recent examples include: Sam Shepard, Greg Allman, Chuck Berry, Mary Tyler Moore
The top three short stories/essays will be published on our website and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

As new parents, we're humbled daily by the power this little creature holds over us, and the awesome responsibility of raising him.

For this Monthly Muse, share your (1,000 words or less) short stories/essays about insights, boondoggles, or profound epiphanies on raising a child, or being raised!

The top three short stories/essays will be published on our website and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)
POETRY • FICTION  FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)


PRIZES
  • 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. 

GUIDELINES
  • 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). Cover letters are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • For mail/postal submissions click here for instructions.
  • Submissions must be received by the November 30, 2017 deadline.

ENTRY FEES AND MULTIPLE ENTRY SUPPORT

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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“You were my first publication ever. I will never forget that, it kept me going for a long time…”
—Susan Tepper, Pulitzer Prize Nominee

“I cannot overestimate the immense value of winning the NMW award. I credit your magazine with giving me a second career as a writer.”
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.)

“Highly recommended. NMW is one of our favorite journals.” 
—Winning Writers, winningwriters.com

“By the way, I really love NMW. The content is some of the most rockin’ awesome stuff that isn’t shy and crosses boundaries, pushes the envelope, winks at the nun – you know what I mean.”
—Shela Morrison, Gabriola Island, British Columbia