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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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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 Ellen Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a...
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Jane Satterfield will judge. Submit a...
Emerging Writer Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...
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Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Adrian Matejka will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a novel or novel-in-progress. Two additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit five poems of no more than 100...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds will be given annually for a poem. Lisa Starr will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...