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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
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
Washington College
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $45,000 Residency 11/1/14
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...

$20 Fiction $3,000 Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration 11/17/14
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) and publication on the Writers' Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words by e-mail...

$25 Fiction $1,669 Publication 12/31/14
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