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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|
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $22...
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New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/17|
Iowa Review Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, Amelia Gray will...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||1/31/17|
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/17|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis. Submit a story of 2,500 to 3,500 words with a $20 entry...