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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|
Writing Fellowship for New Parents
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...
Short Story and Poetry Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...
A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/30/16|
Late Night Library
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a first book of poetry and a first book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners are featured on the Late Night Library podcast series, and...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a work of flash fiction or nonfiction. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words or a piece of...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/16|