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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.
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Literary Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Dan Lehman and Joe Mackall will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Roanoke Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee between September 1 and...
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Rae Armantrout will judge. Using the online submission system, submit three to five poems with...
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Using the electronic submission system or by mail, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee. If submitting by mail, include three...
Schlafly Micro-brew Micro-fiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. All entries will be considered for...
Robert Frost Foundation
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $10 entry fee per poem by January 1....