Here's a short story/poetry/creative nonfiction contest for veteran writers:
"The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.
Judge: Phil Klay
Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in the Spring 2017 issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.
Submit between May 1 and June 1, 2016. No entry fee.
2016 Contest Rules
Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit beginning May 1, 2016, and follow the instructions.
To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Postmark submissions by June 1, 2016, and mail to the address below.
The Iowa Review
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242"
For more information, and to read some winning entries from past years, go to the contest page here.