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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.

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Literal Latté 
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/13
Literal Latté
Ames Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for an additional essay) by...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/13
Los Angeles Review
Wild Light Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given annually for a poem. Kate Gale will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/15/13
Langum Charitable Trust
Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2013 by...
$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/13
Ladies' Home Journal
Personal Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and possible publication in Ladies' Home Journal will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the Best Decision I Ever Made." The editors will...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 12/6/13
Livingston Press
Tartt Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/13
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