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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|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Potomac Review is given biennially for a poem. The award rotates annually between poetry and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. Using the...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/1/12|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...
Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest
Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...
Editors’ Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/12|
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...
|$35||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/12|
Poetry Society of America
Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Poetry Society of America is given annually to a manuscript-in-progress of poetry. Previously published work may be included. Submit a manuscript of up to 15...