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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|
Beacon Street Prize
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/30/16|
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Sam Rasnake will judge....
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Telluride Arts website will be given annually for a poem by a poet living west of the Mississippi River, or in Michigan or Wisconsin. The winner will also receive...
Dead Bison Editors’ Prize
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||4/30/16|
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...