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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|
Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
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|
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|
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...
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|
International Short Fiction Competition
A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,990) and publication on the Writers Village website will be given twice yearly for a short story. Lawrence Block, Jill Dawson, and John Yeoman will judge. Using the...