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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 first book of poetry. Poets who have not published a full-length collection are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/14
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press will be given biennially for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE, call, e-...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/13
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 10/1/13
Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

$32 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Travel 6/3/13
Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/12
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,990) and publication on the Writers Village website will be given twice yearly for a short story. Lawrence Block, Jill Dawson, and John Yeoman will judge. Using the...

$25 Fiction $4,990 Publication 6/30/14
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