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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|
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...
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/15/15|
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. Elisabeth Frost and C. D. Wright will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/15|
Santa Fe Writers Project
A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...
|$30||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/1/15|
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...