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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
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
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
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/14
Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 2/14/14
Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages by March 1. There is no...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 3/1/14
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Residency 3/1/14
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