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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 Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story, essay, or prose poem. For the Waasnode Short Fiction Prize, submit a...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/14|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/14|
Poetry and Short Story 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 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Jenny Boully will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...