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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|
New Issues Poetry & Prose
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Major...
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||11/30/14|
University of North Texas
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...
|$0||Poetry||$10,000||Reading, Travel Expenses||11/30/14|
White Pine Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose with a $20...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/26/14|
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem...