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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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The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2015 by March 11....
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alex Lemon will judge in poetry, Leslie Pietrzyk will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/16|
The Word Works
A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to attend and read at the...
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Telluride Arts website will be given annually for a poem by a poet living west of the Mississippi River, or in Michigan or Wisconsin. The winner will also receive...
Trio House Press
First/Second Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio...