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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|
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review will be given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are...
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/1/15|
Two Sylvias Press
Wilder Series Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy will judge. Using the...
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||11/30/15|
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...