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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|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||9/2/16|
Black Warrior Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online...
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300...