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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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Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/12
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a short story or an essay. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. John Howard Reid and Dee Konrad will...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 4/30/13
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words of prose...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/13
Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

$32 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Travel 6/3/13
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, and tuition to attend the Writers at Work Conference in Alta, Utah, in June is given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems or a poetry collection, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/14
Writecorner Press
E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,100 and publication on the Writecorner Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($10 for each additional story) by April...

$15 Fiction $1,100 Publication 4/30/14
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/3/14
Wag's Revue
Summer Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given twice yearly for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Whitefish Review
Montana Award for Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review will be given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
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