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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|
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lauren Groff will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...
Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also be...
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships
Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$37,500||Reading||2/1/15|
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. David James Poissant will judge in fiction; Marcia Aldrich will judge in...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/15|
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/15|