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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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Ohio State University Press
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages of short stories, novellas, or a combination...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication
Omnidawn Publishing
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gillian Conoley will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000
Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Open Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer under 30 who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of five...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000
Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Ruth Thompson will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a copy of Oberon, by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication
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