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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|
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest
A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight will be given annually for a prose poem, a short-short story, or a micro-essay. Alison Stine will judge. Submit up to three pieces of...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||11/30/15|
Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31, 2016. Call or...
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two or three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Reading, Residency||1/2/16|
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/31/15|
Poetry Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...