New Millennium Writings is now accepting submissions
for our Thirty-ninth Consecutive Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.
Writing competition winners will be published in NMW and on this website.
$4,000 offered in Literary Grants and 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
† Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.
The deadline for the current competition has been extended to January 31, 2015. This deadline is final.


To apply online, follow these guidelines

  1. No restrictions as to style, content, number of submissions, or nationality. Enter as often as you like.
  2. Send between now and January 31, 2015, Midnight, all U.S. time zones.
  3. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Previously published material welcome if under 5,000-circulation or if previously published online only.
  4. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).
  5. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. All poetry Honorable Mentions will be published.
  6. Save cover sheet or letter with the submission you'll be uploading and send as one file. Should you forget to include such covers, however, it's OK, as contact information is automatically forwarded to us when you pay online.
  7. Payment is $20 per submission in order to cover our many expenses and reserve your book. Payment will be by credit card or echeck through PayPal (See Rule 10).
  8. Each entry must be in a separate file (up to 3 poems in one file (See #6)). Many file formats are accepted.
  9. Enter file to upload: 
  10. After clicking Upload, allow five seconds, then follow payment instructions to conclude your submission.
How to apply offline


Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to celebrated writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Pamela Uschuk, Allen Wier, William Pitt Root, 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, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy and tributes to writers for the ages, including Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats, Percy, Warren and many others; also prize-winning stories, poems and articles, plus humor, graphic arts and writing advice. Color cover/ 208 pages. See our FAQ page for additional information.

Thanks for your interest and, to those of you who have already applied, thanks for your patience. Feel free to apply more than once.


Competition Chronology

Competition Deadline Status
39    January 31, 2015    Competition underway
37    January 31, 2014    Judging underway and Winners announced
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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