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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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University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Rigoberto González will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago,...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. The theme for this year's contest is "Urge." The winning poem will also appear in an anthology...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Fourteen Hills
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a poem. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of three to ten pages by January 15,...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 1/15/16
Highfield Press
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Highfield Press website will be given quarterly for an essay on a theme, inspired by a photo posted on the press's website for each contest. The theme for the...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2016. All...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review will be given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are...

$20 Fiction $2,000 Publication 1/15/16
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