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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|
Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...
A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/15/16|
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a novel or novel-in-progress. Two additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit five poems of no more than 100...
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...
|$100||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||3/18/16|
Curt Johnson Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December are given annually for a short story and an essay. Anthony Marra will judge in fiction and Eula Biss will judge in nonfiction. Submit a...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||6/15/16|