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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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North Carolina Writers Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...
Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...
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. Mei-mei...
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...
Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award
A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry...
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story on a theme. The winner also receives tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop and two tickets to a...