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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|
Cave Canem Foundation
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by an African American poet. Terrance Hayes will judge. Using the online submission...
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/14|
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the...
A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Campbell Corner website is given annually for a group of poems that "treat larger transpersonal themes with lyric intensity." The winning writer is also invited...
Black Lawrence Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Poetry Award is given for a poem or...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/14|