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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|
University of Texas
Dobie Paisano Fellowships
Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||1/15/14|
Georgetown Review Press
Poetry Manuscript Contest
A prize of $1,500, publication by Georgetown Review Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limn will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee...
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...
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. C. D. Wright will judge in poetry; Amy Hempel will judge in fiction; and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Robert Root will judge. Submit an essay...
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are given annually for a book of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||2/1/14|