You guys have been in this for a long, long time and have an excellent reputation. — Dennis Littrell, Kula, HI 

It's true!

New Millennium Writings was launched in 1996 with a 15-word classified ad. From those humble beginnings, NMW has exploded into an internationally recognized and highly sought-after literary award and journal.

Since 1996, New Millennium Writings has:

  • Hosted 185 Consecutive Writing Awards
  • Published 2,000+ authors
  • Delivered 50,000+ anthologies
  • Awarded more than $350,000 to new and emerging poets and writers
There aren't a lot of rules. Seems like there's space for me to be me. — Keith Kilburn, Northern CA

It's true!

We believe in the creative potential of every writer, regardless of experience. Our blind and anonymous judging system ensures equality to writers of every level. All writers are welcome, and no subject is off-limits.

Other recent submitters share why they chose NMW... 

The entry fee is reasonable, and I love the structure of NMW. It allows writers to submit all types of work, and the site is so user-friendly. -- Arvilla Fee, Ohio

Submitting here never feels like overwhelming odds — there is a clear care for all writers. — Hardy Griffin, Ithaca, NY

The work is always fresh and it's exciting to see a publication so encouraging of new voices and styles. — Oliver St. John

I like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places. — S.E. Ingraham

I cannot overestimate the value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer. — J. L. Schneider, NY

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     $4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)
     Deadline: June 30, 2024


  • 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 (online and in print) and receive two complimentary copies. 



  • 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 (all types welcome) - 7,499 words or less
  • Nonfiction (all types welcome) - 7,499 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, or poem(s). Cover letters are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • For mail/postal submissions click here for instructions.
  • Submit your work (or postmark) by June 30, 2024. 


       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 - $80 (reg $100)

 Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.



DEADLINE: May 31, 2024 @ Midnight (As always, there is a 5-day grace period.)

No restrictions on style or subject matter, so write whatever your muse desires...




  • Publication (online + print anthology)
  • Two (2) Complimentary Copies
  • Professionally Designed Broadside ☆゚.*。゚☆゚.*
  • Promotion via press releases and active marketing campaigns (email/newsletter, web, social media, postcards, etc.)

Up to THREE (3) Musepaper Prizes will be awarded from across all genres.


  • No restrictions on style or subject matter.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, or poem(s). Cover letter and author bio are optional and may be added in the Author Bio text section.
  • A.I.-generated content (ChatGPT, etc.) is not allowed.
  • Winners will be contacted within 90 days of the closing date. Contests roll over to the next month if less than one hundred entries are received.
  • The reading fee is $15.*
  • Submissions must be received by midnight on May 31, 2024
  • As always, there is a 5-day submission grace period.

*Musepaper offers writing subscriptions for aspiring poets and writers. All subscriptions include at least one submission to Musepaper each month, and enjoy a discounted reading fee.

If you're interested in joining aspiring, passionate, and like-minded poets and writers from across the world who are making Musepaper an integral part of their writing practice, visit

If you have any questions, shoot us an email, and we'll be happy to help: brent [at] musepaper [dot] org

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