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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|
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...
Dream Horse Press
American Poetry Journal Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dream Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. J. P. Dancing Bear will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28...
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. C. D. Wright will judge in poetry; Amy Hempel will judge in fiction; and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Julia Peterkin Award
A prize of $1,000 and an invitation to read in Converse College's Visiting Writers Series is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a work of fiction. The 2014 award will be given for poetry...
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Current and former students of Colorado State University are ineligible. Kent Haruf will judge. Submit a...
Colorado Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Claudia Keelan...