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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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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...
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...
Library of Virginia
Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...
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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...
Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Current and former students of Colorado State University are ineligible. Kent Haruf will judge. Submit a...