And the Winner is….

Congratulations to 2017 Cosenza Prize Winner: Continue reading


Announcing the 2017 Cosenza Prize

Announcing the 2017 Cosenza Prize for Undergraduate Writing Continue reading

Announcing the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest

The Poetry Center of Long Island University, Post Campus is excited to announce the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest! Continue reading

50th Annual Poetry and Fiction Contest

Poetry Contest

Calling all poets and fiction writers:

An outstanding undergraduate poet will receive the John and Agnes McCarten Memorial Award of $100. $75 will be awarded for the best poems in the following categories: graduate, faculty/staff, alumni. (See below for short fiction contest)

Deadline for Receipt: February 22, 2016

Eligibility: Any original, previously unpublished poem no longer than 50 lines.

Rules: No identification should be placed on the manuscript itself.
No more than three (3) poems per entrant.
All poems, typed one to a page, should be submitted following one of these two methods:

  • Electronic submission (preferred) to
    Subject line should read Poetry Contest Submission. Please indicate your status at Post.
  • Placed together in a single envelope. On the envelope, write your name, address (both dorm and home), and status at LIU Post (undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff, or alumnus/alumna). Bring the envelope to the Poetry Contest Box in the English department on the second floor of Winnick House (the mansion), or mail to:

Poetry Contest Boxes
English Department
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Winners will be notified by mail. Others will be notified of the winners if they include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or request notification by email. An award may be withheld in a category if, in the judges’ determination, none of the submitted poems is deserving of a prize. No hard copy entries will be returned, nor their receipt acknowledged.

Short Fiction Competition

Entries must be original, previously unpublished short stories. Manuscripts must not exceed three (3) pages typed and must be double-spaced in Time new Roman, 12 pt. font. Prize will be $50. See above for submission methods.

These competitions are sponsored by The Poetry Center, the English department, The Academy of American Poets, and Jeanne Marie Scott.

The submissions will be judged by LIU Post English department faculty.

The 50th annual Poetry Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Barbara Novack and Esther Weiner will read from their work and present the awards. The winning poems will be printed in the evening’s program, and winners will read their poems.

Sonnet Contest for LIU Post Students


In connection with the Shakespeare Festival that LIU Post will be hosting this spring, The Poetry Center is announcing a sonnet contest open to undergraduate and graduate students. We welcome entries of sonnets on all subjects and composed in any sonnet form. There will be cash prizes and the winners will read their sonnets at a Poetry Center event on March 2, 2016 and at the Closing Ceremony of the Shakespeare Festival. Become a bard! Most people have never written a sonnet. Most 21st century poets have never written a sonnet, so you may just as well try your hand.

Entries (up to 3) must be submitted as email attachments to

Deadline: February 1, 2016

For more information on what a sonnet is and how it is composed, click here.

AROHO $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award

We have selected to feature the AROHO Freedom Award because of its interest in women artists special projects, as well as its hefty prize of a $50,000 grant.


AROHO $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award


A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) will award the  $50,000 Gift of Freedom for an “imagined yet unrealized poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project.” It is the mission of AROHO to assist women artists in the privacy and financial means necessary for the creation of their art.

One genre finalist will be awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom grant. A finalist from each remaining genre will receive a $5,000 prize and be eligible to attend a future AROHO Retreat for Women Writers.

There is a $35 entry fee. All submissions are due November 2, 2015.


The following is from the AROHO Foundation website:

About: Founded in 2000, A Room of Her Own (AROHO) is the preeminent nonprofit organization working on behalf of women writers today. AROHO’s mission is to inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women.


For more details on this contest, click here.


The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize has been selected for you because several of the WC staff members love Ernest Hemingway. What better way to honor him than a fiction contest in his name?

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize


Submit your piece of 1,500 words or less to Fiction Souteast for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. All submissions should be unpublished work in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Please do not submit multiple submissions per word document. Instead, submit each story as separate entries. Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome. First prize will receive a $200 prize and publication in Fiction Southeast. Runners-up will be published in Fiction Southeast.

Contest is open annually in on June 1st with a deadline of December 1st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.

For more details on this contest, click here.


Dogfish Head Brewery Poetry Prize

We are featuring the Dogfish Head Brewery Poetry Prize because this is a great opportunity to get your poetry collection published.

Dogfish Head Brewery Poetry Prize

Dogfish Head Brewery and Broadkill River Press are coming together to award $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer to a poet living in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., or North Carolina. This prize is awarded annually. James Arthur, Timothy Green, and Joyce Sutphen will judge all entries.

Submit a manuscript of 48 to 78 pages by September 7, 2015. There is no entry fee.

For more details on this contest, click here.


Stone Canoe Writing Contest

The Stone Canoe Writing Contest is looking to award $500 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with a connection to upstate New York. We have selected this contest because of LIU Post's geographic location, as well as the diversity of writing this journal seeks.

Stone Canoe Writing Contest


The Stone Canoe writing contest awards three prizes of $500, which are awarded to a creative nonfiction writer, a poet, and a fiction writer who have a connection to Upstate New York. A U.S. military veteran will also be awarded $500. Writers who have not yet published a work with a nationally distributed press are eligible.

Pieces will be judged by the editors. You may submit three to five poems or a short story or essay of up to 10,000 words by July 31, 2015. There is no entry fee.

Visit the Stone Canoe Journal website for further details.


Stage of Life Writing Contest

The Stage of Life writing contest allows both high school and college students the opportunity for publication. With a new topic for submission each month, something will be sure to suit your fancy.

Stage of Life Writing Contest

Stage of Life writing contests take place monthly for high school and college students. The topics change every month.

The descriptions of all the aforementioned contests come straight from their websites. Most have a small entrance fee. Check back each month for the latest contest.

For this month’s contest, click here.