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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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Life Lessons Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...
International Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Heather McHugh will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which...
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....
William Stafford Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by July 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.