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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|
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/10/15|
Ledbury Poetry Festival
A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, will be given annually for a poem. Deryn Rees-Jones will judge. The winner will also be invited...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U....
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction, with...
|$0||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||7/1/15|
Muriel Craft Bailey Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Allison Joseph will judge. Submit up to five poems of 40 lines each with a $25 entry fee ($5 for each...
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|