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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.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
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||12/23/16|
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael Griffith will...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/16|
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Patrick Ryan will judge in fiction and Jill Talbot will judge in nonfiction....
|$18||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/17|
A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/15/16|
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...