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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|
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2013 by March 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...
A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/4/14|
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|
Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture
Arts & Letters Prizes
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Beth Gylys will judge in...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/24/14|
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|
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,...