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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|
Annual Writing Competition
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||6/1/15|
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Elena Passarello will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry...
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||6/14/15|
University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to...
Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||6/15/15|
Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e...