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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|
Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...
Mad River Books
Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michael Kardos will judge. Using the online...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/20/17|
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...
Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award
A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||5/5/16|
Open Season Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/1/16|