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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|
Cave Canem Foundation
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or an essay. Roger Reeves will judge in poetry; Rebecca Makkai will judge in prose. Using the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/15|
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/17/15|
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a poem or group of poems and an essay. Submit up to three poems or an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/20/15|