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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.
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Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press will be given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200...
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit two copies of a book...
A Room of Her Own Foundation
To the Lighthouse Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. Tracy K. Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $20 entry fee by...
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...
Off the Grid Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80...
First Book Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Female-identified poets who have not published a book-length poetry collection or a chapbook with a print run...