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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Deadlinesort icon
Creative Nonfiction
Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for an essay on the theme “The Human Face of Sustainability.” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication 5/31/13
Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a debut novel published in the United States in the preceding two years and set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free...

$25 Fiction $1,000 6/30/13
Cider Press Review
Editors’ Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
California State University
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Philip Levine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 9/30/13
Chariton Review
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/13
Cutthroat
Poetry and Fiction Awards

Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. T. R. Hummer will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Pam Houston will judge...

$17 Poetry, Fiction $1,250 Publication 10/15/13
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