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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|
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize
Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...
|$22||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Publication||10/1/16|
30 Below Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/9/16|
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/15/16|
New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships
Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$70,000||9/30/16|
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Bradford Morrow will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...