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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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John Steinbeck Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...
William Stafford Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by November 10. Visit the...
Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize
A prize valued at approximately $2,500 will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and travel and lodging expenses to attend...
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...
Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Soma Mei Sheng...