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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|
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Highfield Press website is given quarterly for an essay on a theme, inspired by a photo posted on the press's website for each contest. The theme for the summer...
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Seattle Review will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Claudia Rankine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online...
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/10/16|