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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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Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets
An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a...
$25 Poetry $25 Publication 11/15/15
Writing Ranch
Waterston Desert Writing Prize

A prize of $1,500 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Residency 4/1/16
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and publication on the Writers’ Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words via e-mail...

$21 Fiction $1,430 Publication 5/31/16
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