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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|
Emerging Poets Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for...
Jeff Sharlet Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/1/16|
American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...
Annual Writing Competition
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||6/1/16|
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Michael Martone will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry...