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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|
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||5/18/15|
New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Steve Almond will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,...
Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. BK Loren will judge. Submit an essay or excerpt of a...
Spring Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...
Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...