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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Deadlinesort icon
Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually to an emerging writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to give a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 11/15/13
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/13
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2014 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/13
Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/18/13
Narrative
Fall Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 11/30/13
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press will be given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
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