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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|
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||8/31/14|
Poetry and Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Jeff Gundy will judge in poetry, and David James Poissant will judge in prose...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/14|
Morton Marr Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up to six poems in a...
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a short story. This year's award is given in poetry. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to four poems...
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/14|
Poetry and Prose Writing Contest
A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology will be given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive a lifetime membership...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Publication||10/1/14|
Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Dorianne Laux will judge. Poets who have not published a full-length...
Short Story and Poetry Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. John Brehm will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...
San Miguel Writers' Conference
Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading, Conference Registration||11/2/14|