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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|
Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Omniverse, Omnidawn Publishing's online journal, will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 50 copies of a letterpress broadside of the...
Red Hen Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay...
|$5||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/15/16|
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||9/16/16|
Washington Writers Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel. Writers who live in...
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/15/16|
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction
A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...