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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|
Creative Nonfiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,376) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 21. All...
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...
|$20||Fiction||$3,000||Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration||11/17/14|
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...
|$0||Creative Nonfiction||$500||Reading, Publication||11/15/14|
30 Below Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...
|$22||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/15/14|
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. R. S. Gwynn will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...