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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.

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Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $10,000 11/30/16
Two Sylvias Press
Wilder Series Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy will judge. Using the...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/16
University of Georgia Press
Georgia Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives travel expenses and $1,000 per event to give readings at the...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/16
Arcadia Press
Arcadia Chapbook Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Arcadia Press, and 25 author copies are given annually for a poetry, fiction, and nonfiction chapbook. The winning chapbooks will also be distributed to all...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/16
Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1. Call or visit the website...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/16
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/16
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