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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|
Sawtooth Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Anne Boyer will...
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency
A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||3/1/16|
Black Lawrence Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...
Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes...
42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David...