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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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.

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Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 6/1/15
University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,700) will be given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,900) will also be given. The winning poems will be published in an e...

$16 Poetry $15,000 5/29/15
University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/15/15
Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/15
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 5/30/15
String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. Composer Steven R. Gerber will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/22/15
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