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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|
New Measure Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||6/15/16|
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October....
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published or self-published a book...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/16|
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each are also given for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress...
|$40||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||5/15/16|
Editors Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The editors will...