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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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California State University in Fresno
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at California State University...
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, Carlow University'...
Jake Adam York Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48...
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation of more...
Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize
A prize valued at approximately $2,500 will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and travel and lodging expenses to attend...
Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...