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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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Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/15/16
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading 1/15/16
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Joy...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Rigoberto González will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago,...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. The theme for this year's contest is "Urge." The winning poem will also appear in an anthology...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Fourteen Hills
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a poem. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of three to ten pages by January 15,...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 1/15/16
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