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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|
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||1/31/16|
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,...
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...
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in a participating journal are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...
A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $957) and publication in Accenti is given annually for a short story or an essay. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $20 Canadian (...
|$19||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/7/14|