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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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Reed Magazine
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. Using the online submission system, submit three to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $18 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
River Styx
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. Submit up to three stories of no more...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/13
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee. If submitting by mail, include three copies of the story. Submissions open on December 15...

$20 Fiction $2,000 1/15/14
Robert Frost Foundation
Poetry Award

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 February 1...

$10 Poetry $1,000 2/1/14
Ruminate
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...

$18 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 2/15/14
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