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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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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...
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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...
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning chapbook will be distributed to all Arcadia subscribers. Submit a...
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...
Burnside Review Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Szybist will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...