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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.
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Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...
College Fiction Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Playboy is given annually for a short story. Fiction writers currently enrolled in college are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a short...
Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...
PEN New England
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...