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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|
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award
A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Residency||7/15/15|
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/15/16|
National Poetry Review Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 45 to 80...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/16|
New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $16 entry...
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $28...