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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POETRY • FICTION • FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)
Deadline: November 30, 2020

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 (online and in print) 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 (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 November 30, 2020

  
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.

PROMPT: GOING GONZO!

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2020 @ Midnight  

Extended from 10/31  • This deadline is final.


For this Monthly Musepaper, submit your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay inspired by and/or in the style of "Gonzo Journalism", created and popularized by Hunter S. Thompson in the 1970s.

Here are a few ideas to toss around as you rile up your inner Gonzo:

  • Personal Experiences/Emotions
  • First-Person Narration
  • Stream of Consciousness
  • Profanity
  • Drugs
  • Exaggeration, Sarcasm, Humor
  • Journalism, Politics
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '2020.


gonzo:  those who use craziness as a form of self-expression, who push it too far just to push it. *

gonzo journalism:  a visceral, energetic first-person approach to storytelling, in which the author is a protagonist, and power is drawn from a combination of both social critique and self-satire. †


As always, all stories, essays, and poems, of any subject matter, are welcome.

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org 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.)


I think truth and facts have almost no relation to one another. They ain't very closely connected. And I would rather have as few facts as possible, and let observation and experience and imagination [do the rest of it].  — William Faulkner


GUIDELINES

  • No restrictions on style.
  • 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 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 are generally announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by NOVEMBER 30, 2020. This deadline will not be extended again.


* * * Musepaper offers a subscription for aspiring poets and writers. It's quick and easy to do, and we invite you to join us. All subscriptions include a Monthly Musepaper submission each month. Subscribers also have exclusive access to new writing and publishing opportunities, Subscriber-Only contests, and bonus submissions, as well as polls, surveys, and a suggestion box to help direct the creative direction and evolution of Musepaper.  

If you're interested, visit musepaper.org/subscribe.  

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

PROMPT: BUBBLES

DEADLINE:  NOVEMBER 30, 2020 @ Midnight

For this Monthly Musepaper, submit your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay inspired by bubbles.



As always, these are just a few ideas to wet the wand. Like a bubble in the breeze, let the imagination fly free.

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org 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

  • No restrictions on style.
  • 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 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 are generally announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by NOVEMBER 30, 2020. 


* * * Musepaper offers a subscription for aspiring poets and writers. It's quick and easy to do, and we invite you to join us. All subscriptions include a Monthly Musepaper submission each month. Subscribers also have exclusive access to new writing and publishing opportunities, Subscriber-Only contests, and bonus submissions, as well as polls, surveys, and a suggestion box to help direct the creative direction and evolution of Musepaper.

If you're interested, visit musepaper.org/subscribe.

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

New Millennium Writings + Musepaper