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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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Poetry and Fiction Awards
Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. T. R. Hummer will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Pam Houston will judge...
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Review, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $...
Troubadour International Poetry Prize
A prize of 2,500 (approximately $3,826) and publication on the CoffeeHouse Poetry website will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to read at a CoffeeHouse Poetry reading in...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given annually for an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Mistakes." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/15/13|
Crab Orchard Review
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...