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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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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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
Open Competition

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...

$25 Poetry $4,000 Reading, Publication 11/18/13
Cider Press Review
Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Charles Harper Webb will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/13
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press will be given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts in New York...

$25 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 12/1/13
Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cod- hill Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/10/13
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