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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.

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BOA Editions
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Creative Nonfiction
Short Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $12,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given occasionally for a work-in-progress of creative nonfiction by a writer not yet established in the genre. U.S. writers who have published at...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $12,000 Publication 5/31/14
Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Reading, Publication 5/31/14
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
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