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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|
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,...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/31/12|
Washington Writers’ Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies will be given for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C.,...
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...
Patrick Henry 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||2/15/13|
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. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will judge....
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/28/13|
Writers at Work
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Quarterly West is given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book in the genre in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/1/13|