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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|
Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||12/19/14|
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. citizen. Mary Szybist will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...
Short Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up...
Briar Cliff Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems or up to 5,000 words of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/14|
Brick Road Poetry Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system,...