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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/1/15|
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Carol Frost will judge in poetry, Kate Christensen will...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/15/15|
American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than...
American Short Fiction
American Short(er) Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction will be given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Amelia Gray will judge. Submit up to three stories of up to 1,000 words each with...
National Writing Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/15/15|