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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PROMPT: SICK!

DEADLINE: March 31, 2020 @ Midnight
 

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

Let the Muse take any anxiety you’re feeling and turn it into sweet, glorious creativity. Here are a few jumping off points to prime the pump:

  • Sick of it!
  • Too sick to…
  • A sick new track.
  • The search for / discovery of a cure. 


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 will be announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by March 31, 2020. This deadline will not be extended.

  

* * * DID YOU KNOW that aspiring, passionate, and like-minded poets and writers from across the world are making Musepaper an integral part of their writing practice?

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

PROMPT: FREE WRITE (anything goes)

DEADLINE: March 31, 2020 @ Midnight


Anything goes for this Monthly Musepaper! As long as your story, essay, or poem is 1000 words or less, you're golden.

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


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 will be announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by March 31, 2020. This deadline will not be extended.

 

* * * DID YOU KNOW that aspiring, passionate, and like-minded poets and writers from across the world are making Musepaper an integral part of their writing practice?

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

BREAKING NEWS:

In honor of NMW's 50th Writing Awards (25 YEARS!), we have added TWO brand new awards to this contest! 

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POETRY • FICTION • FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

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

Submission Deadline: JUNE 30, 2020


AWARDS and HONORS

  • First Place, New Millennium Award for Poetry
  • First Place, New Millennium Award for Fiction
  • First Place, New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction
  • First Place, New Millennium Award for Nonfiction
  • Finalists, Twenty (20) from each Award category (80 in total)
  • Honorable Mentions, Fifteen (15) from each Award category (60 in total)
  • NEW!   Litteratura Influentia Award, Bestowed no more than twice per year, All submissions are eligible
  • NEW!   New Millennium New Writer Award, Presented to the contest's most outstanding New Writer,*** All New Writers" are eligible



PRIZES

  • First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, an award plaque to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.
  • Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, receive publication in New Millennium Writings' annual print anthology and receive two complimentary copies.
  • NEW!   Litteratura Influentia Award recipients are chosen by NMW's leadership team and will receive a custom award plaque (or medallion) to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies. Serious consideration begins only after all First Place award recipients have been finalized and confirmed.
  • NEW!   New Millennium New Writer Award recipients are chosen by NMW's leadership team and will receive a custom award plaque (or medallion) to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies. Serious consideration begins only after all First Place award recipients have been finalized and confirmed. *** "New Writer" is defined as a) has never won a First Place writing award and b) has not yet published a full-length book. 

  
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 June 30, 2020 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.

New Millennium Writings + Sunshots