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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|
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Sascha Feinstein will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...
Curt Johnson Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December will be given annually for a short story and an essay. Joyce Carol Oates will judge in fiction, and Albert Goldbarth will judge in...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||6/15/15|
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/15|
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online submission system, submit a...
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...