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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|
Winter 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 fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||3/31/16|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published or self-published a book...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/16|
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Andrew Hudgins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...
Marsh Hawk Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an SASE...
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of...
Sawtooth Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Anne Boyer will...