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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.
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Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August 2017 in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A...
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Submit a manuscript of 12 to 20 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 1...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...
Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Adrian Matejka will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...