The New Letters Writing Contests & Deadlines

* Publication Award for Fiction, send by Oct. 28, 2018 (Click here or see left column).

* The Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction, send by May 20, 2019 (See below).

* The New Letters Prize for Poetry, send by May 20, 2019 (See below).

* The New Letters Prize for Fiction, send by May 20, 2019 (See below).

 
Fiction Judge Thomas Fox Averill, Fiction Winner Amy Widmoyer Hanson.
Essay Judge Janet Burroway, Essay Winner Robert Stothart.
Poetry Judge Alberto Ríos and Poetry Winner Betty Fitz Rogers.
 

2018 Winners: * New Letters Prize for Fiction,

* New Letters Prize for Poetry &

* The Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction. 

click here for a list of winners, finalists, and judges.

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2019 Awards Deadline: Monday, May 20. 

(Awards open for submissions from Nov. 19, 2018, through May 20, 2019.)

 The $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction

for the best Essay. 

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction

for the best short story.

  Online Entry Page

GUIDELINES

Upload your writing online by midnight (PST) Sunday, May 20th. Entries sent after midnight (PST) May 20th cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 20, 2018.

Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

Enclose with each entry:

$24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $15 postal surcharge.)  Make checks payable to New Letters. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry.

ONLINE ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.

POSTAL MAIL ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.
  • Optional: A stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry number. A stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners.

RULES AND NOTES

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
  • Fiction and essay entries should not exceed 8,000 words.  A single poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  Please make cover sheets for each entry of fiction, essay, or group of poems.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

TIMELINE

  • Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced the third week of September.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.
  • All finalists are listed in the New Letters issue in which the winners are published.
  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the New Letters editor.

Online Entry Page

HISTORY OF THE AWARDS COMPETITION

New Letters established its Awards for Writers in 1986 to discover and reward new writers and to encourage more established writers to try new genres or new work in competition.  The contest is open to any writer.  In order to assure fairness throughout the decision process, all judging is done anonymously and by writers outside the New Letters staff, with two rounds of judges making finalist and winner decisions.  For final judges from previous years, please see the list below.

Previous Awards Final Judges and Winners (1986 to Latest)

Kansas City Literary Events

B.A. Shapiro

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kansas City, Mo.

News

Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.

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