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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 $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...
Poetry Open Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...
Ladies' Home Journal
Personal Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and possible publication in Ladies' Home Journal will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the Best Decision I Ever Made." The editors will...
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 10...
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee. If submitting by mail, include three copies of the story. Submissions open on December 15...