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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.
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The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...
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The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2016 by March 11....
Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Natalie Diaz will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Desiree Cooper will judge the...
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to attend and read at the...
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for...
The Word Works
Tenth Gate Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published two or more full-length books of poetry. Leslie McGrath will judge. Using the...