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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|
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/15/16|
Briar Cliff Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/16|
Short Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Min Jin Lee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...
Black Warrior Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Adam Johnson will judge in...