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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|
Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. Aimee Bender will...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/15/13|
Los Angeles Review
Wild Light Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given annually for a poem. Kate Gale will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee by...
Thornton Writer Residency
A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend, is awarded annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The stipend amount varies annually...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Reading, Workshop, Residency||10/15/13|
Langum Charitable Trust
Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2013 by...
Ladies' Home Journal
Personal Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and possible publication in Ladies' Home Journal will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the Best Decision I Ever Made." The editors will...
Tartt Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...