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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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Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2013 (...
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...
Prize for Innovative Fiction
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Starcherone Books is given annually for a book of fiction. Alissa Nutting will judge. Submit a novel, a short story collection, or a work of hybrid prose of up to 400...
The Word Works
A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works, a nonprofit literary organization, is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a...
Flash Fiction Prize
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Peter Glenn Patterson will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...
Short Memoir Prize
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Dermot Healy will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €...