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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.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards
Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Workshop||9/30/15|
American Literary Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/15|
Short Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Jennifer Egan will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given in alternating years for a poem or a short story. The 2015 award will be given in fiction. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a...