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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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A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Ruth Thompson will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a copy of Oberon, by...
Black Lawrence Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...
Cave Canem Foundation
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by an African American poet. Terrance Hayes will judge. Using the online submission...
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE, call...
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25...
Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a first book of poetry. Poets who have not published a full-length collection are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...