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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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Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for a poem or group of poems. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines...
Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an essay. Elena Passarello will judge. Submit an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines....
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships
Five fellowships of $15,000 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of March 31 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...
Poetry International Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Valzyhna Mort will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit books published in 2012 by April 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE,...
Emerging Writer’s Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
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