Now accepting submissions in our 39th Consecutive
Awards for Fiction, Short‑Short Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
Award winners are published in NMW and on our website.
$4,000 offered in Awards, Plus publication
$1,000 for best Poem
$1,000 for best Fiction
$1,000 for best Nonfiction
$1,000 for best Short-Short Fiction
The deadline for the current competition has been extended to January 31, 2015. This deadline is final.


Apply Online

  1. Send by January 31, 2015, Midnight, all U.S. time zones.
  2. Payment is $20 per submission and includes your free copy of the anthology. Payment is by credit card or echeck through PayPal.
  3. We accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Plain Text (.txt). Please note that the Word format (.docx) is not accepted at this time, so if using Word, please save your file in the (.doc) format.
  4. Select a file to upload: 
  5. After clicking Upload, allow five seconds, then follow payment instructions to conclude your submission.

Additional Guidelines

  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Previously published material is welcome if online only or had a circulation of under 5,000.
  • Fiction or nonfiction pieces must be 6,000 words or less. Short-short Fiction must be 1,000 words or less.
  • Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, up to five pages total. All poetry Honorable Mentions will be published.
  • Paypal provides contact information with each entry, so cover letters are not necessary. If you wish to include a cover letter, please include it with your submission and send as one file.
  • Each entry must be in a separate file.
If you have any trouble uploading your submission or have any other questions, please email the Editor, Alexis Williams Carr, using the contact form


Apply Offline

  • Mail to "NMW,", 4021 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. Entries should be postmarked on or before January 31, 2015.
  • Send $20 check or money order drawn on an American bank, payable to New Millennium Writings.
  • Include cover letter or title page with name, address, phone and email address.
  • Send business-size SASE or email address for list of winners.
  • Manuscripts are recycled, not returned, unless specifically requested. (Include SASE with sufficient return postage.)


Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles, and tributes to celebrated writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, J. D. Salinger, Julia Glass, Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini, George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Lucille Clifton, William Burroughs, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, William Kennedy, and many others.

See our FAQ page for additional information.



Competition Chronology


Competition Deadline Status
39    January 31, 2015    Competition underway
38    July 31, 2014   
37    January 31, 2014    Winners announced and published online
36    July 31, 2013    Winners announced and published online and in print
35    January 31, 2013    Winners announced and published online and in print
34    July 31, 2012    Winners announced and published online and in print
33    January 31, 2012    Winners announced and published online and in print
32    July 31, 2011    Winners announced and published online and in print
31    January 31, 2011    Winners announced and published online and in print
30    July 31, 2010    Winners announced and published online and in print
29    January 31, 2010    Winners announced and published online and in print
28    July 31, 2009    Winners announced and published online and in print
27    January 31, 2009    Winners announced and published online and in print
26    July 31, 2008    Winners announced and published online and in print
25    January 31, 2008    Winners announced and published online and in print
24    July 31, 2007    Winners announced and published online and in print
23    January 31, 2007    Winners announced and published online and in print
22    July 31, 2006    Winners announced and published online and in print
21    January 31, 2006    Winners announced and published online and in print
20    July 31, 2005    Winners announced and published online and in print
19    January 31, 2005    Winners announced and published online and in print
18    July 31, 2004    Winners announced and published online and in print
17    January 31, 2004    Winners announced and published online and in print
16    July 31, 2003    Winners announced and published online and in print
15    January 31, 2003    Winners announced and published online and in print
14    July 31, 2002    Winners announced and published online and in print
13    January 31, 2002    Winners announced and published online and in print
12    July 31, 2001    Winners announced and published online and in print
11    January 31, 2001    Winners announced and published online and in print
10    July 31, 2000    Winners announced and published online and in print
9    January 31, 2000    Winners announced and published online and in print

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