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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 9/15/15
Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website will be given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 1,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication in Hippocampus Magazine, and free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference in Fall 2016 will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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