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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|
Emerging Writer Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||11/1/16|
Washington Writers Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel. Writers who live in...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/5/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana...
30 Below Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/9/16|
William Stafford Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by November 10. Visit the...