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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|
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/25/14|
Crab Orchard Review
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a single poem of up to...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||4/21/14|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/14|
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. Angie Estes...
Marsh Hawk Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an...
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...