Since 1996, the prize-winning literary journal New Millennium Writings has hosted and sponsored the New Millennium Writing Awards. We've published more than 1,700 authors, delivered 50,000 anthologies, and awarded $200,000+ to new and emerging poets and writers.

First time award winner and first time published are common here at NMW. Blind and anonymous judging ensures equality to writers at any level. All are encouraged, and all are welcome. We hope to read you soon!

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Home may indeed be where the heart is, but the heart is a complicated beast, and home can be elusive.

Over the holidays, many of us journey home, bringing gifts, news, and baggage...of all kinds. Share the joys and pitfalls of returning home.

Or tell us how one makes a house a home: On the fly? With a carefully thought-out vision? Or the paint-by-numbers, family tradition edition?

Maybe home transcends physical location. Maybe it's more about who we're with. Perhaps, home is simply a state of mind.

In 1000 words or less, give us a glimpse inside and show us the way home.

The top three entries will be published on our website and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

GUIDELINES
  • Stories, essays, or poems should be 1000 words or less and previously unpublished.
  • No restrictions on style.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners will be announced within 30 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $8, and each contest will be open for 30 days.
  • Submissions must be received by the December 10, 2017 deadline.
If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org
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The universal language -- one that, in just a few bars, can lift our mood, move us to tears, and transport us across time, space, and possibility.

How has music shaped you, guided your path, or even saved your life? Is there a song, album, or artist that speaks to you? What does the creative process of songwriting look like?

What is music? And how does it move us so? Ask your Muse and report back!

In 1000 words or less, tell us about the majestic power of music.

The top three entries will be published on our website and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

GUIDELINES
  • Stories, essays, or poems should be 1000 words or less and previously unpublished.
  • No restrictions on style.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners will be announced within 30 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $8, and each contest will be open for 30 days.
  • Submissions must be received by the December 10, 2017 deadline.
If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org
Ends on November 30, 2017$20.00
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POETRY • FICTION  FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)


PRIZES
  • First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.
  • Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, will be published in New Millennium Writings and receive two complimentary copies. 

GUIDELINES
  • No restrictions on style or subject matter.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Previously published works accepted if: Print circulation was under 5,000, or the work was published online only.
  • Fiction - 6,000 words or less
  • Nonfiction (all types welcome) - 6,000 words or less
  • Flash Fiction (aka: Short-Short Fiction) - 1,000 words or less
  • Poetry - each entry may include three poems, up to five pages total. 
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem(s). Cover letters are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • For mail/postal submissions click here for instructions.
  • Submissions must be received by the November 30, 2017 deadline.

ENTRY FEES AND MULTIPLE ENTRY SUPPORT

For any category or combination of categories: 
  • 1 Entry - $20
  • 2 Entries - $35 (reg $40)
  • 3 Entries - $45 (reg $60)
  • 4 Entries - $60 (reg $80)
  • 5 Entries - $75 (reg $100)
Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.