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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|
Winter Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||3/31/15|
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||3/22/15|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. David St. John...
Marsh Hawk Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Stephanie Strickland will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30....
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of...