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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 and Poetry Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a short story and a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...
Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards
Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||7/25/14|
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to...
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a woman writer. Submit a poem of no more...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/31/14|
Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. James Chapman will judge. Submit a manuscript of any...
Spring 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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||7/31/14|