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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|
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
A prize of $2,500 and publication of a 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...
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||11/30/15|
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award
A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Robert Pinsky will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All...
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a...
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...