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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

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Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/22/15
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...

$25 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 12/1/15
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge....

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given quarterly for an essay. The theme for the Summer 2016 issue is "Childhood." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/16/15
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
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