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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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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|
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. John H. Reid and Dee Konrad will judge. Submit a poem or...
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...
White Pine Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...
Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a one-week residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...