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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|
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays....
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/15/16|
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest
A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Ander Monson will judge. Submit up to three pieces of no...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,008||11/15/16|
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...
Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Lamont B. Steptoe will judge....
Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at...
William Stafford Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by November 10. Visit the...