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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
Fish Publishing
Short Memoir Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Dermot Healy will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €...

$22 Creative Nonfiction $1,380 Publication 1/31/14
Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Hippocrates Prize Open International Award

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $8,094) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,619) is also...

$11 Poetry $8,094 Publication 1/31/14
Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Peter Glenn Patterson will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...

$19 Fiction $1,380 Publication 2/28/14
Fence Books
Modern Poets Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Robert Root will judge. Submit an essay...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
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