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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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Red Hen Press
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a short story. Ron Carlson will judge. Submit up to two stories of no more than 25 pages each with a $20 entry fee...
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...
Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry)...
Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award
A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for an essay on the theme “The Human Face of Sustainability.” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...
Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. David Shields will judge. Submit an essay or excerpt of a longer...
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages...