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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|
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
|$28||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge....
Crab Orchard Review
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||4/21/16|
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/15/16|
Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in Chapel...