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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|
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Family, Enemies, Friends: The...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||10/1/15|
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/20/15|
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge....
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...