Center for Women Writers

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

International Literary Awards in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry


$1000 in each category

$150 in each category for an Honorable Mention (judges' discretion)

Contest Fee:

EARLY SUBMISSION RATE: Submissions received between 3 December - 31 December can submit under the early bird rate of $10.

REGULAR SUBMISSION RATE: Submissions received between 1 January 2020 - 15 MARCH 2020 pay the regular contest fee of $15.


Alison Stine for Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction

Dorothy Allison for Reynolds Price Award in Fiction

Ely Shipley for Rita Dove Award in Poetry

Statement of Ethics:

We give submissions to our readers & to our judges as anonymous submissions; we have no identifying material on the submissions. 

If you have worked closely with the judge in the category in which you are submitting, do not submit work that the judge has seen of yours.

If a judge recognizes your work as that which they have knowledge of, we will ask the judge to inform us immediately & we will find an alternate judge.

General Guidelines:

 *Competitions are open to anyone writing in English (including work translated to English), except current Salem Academy & College employees & students.

*All submissions must be previously unpublished.

*Fiction submissions are up to 5,000 words

*CNF submissions are up to 5,000 words

*Poetry submissions are 3 poems; we ask that each poem appears on a separate page & that no single poem is more than 100 lines

*Author’s name and address must appear in the Submittable cover letter box only. If your name appears on your submission, it will be immediately disqualified. This is incredibly important in our CNF category: please carefully proofread your piece to ensure that your name does not appear in your submission.

*You will input your name, address, telephone, email, genre, word count (for prose), and the title(s) of the work(s), and contest fee in the "cover letter" box on Submittable.

*You may enter the contest as often as you’d like, in as many categories as you’d like. Each submission requires the contest fee, and should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries in one envelope or as one document.  

Center for Women Writers