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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|
The Story Prize
The Story Prize
A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each. A prize of $1,000 is also...
First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. C. D. Wright will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 76 pages with a $30 entry fee...
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/30/13|
Red Mountain Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for online submissions) by...
Santa Fe Writers Project
Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...
|$30||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/15/13|
First/Second Book Prize
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Donald Revell will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...