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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|
Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in...
Curt Johnson Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December will be given annually for a short story and an essay. Joyce Carol Oates will judge in fiction, and Albert Goldbarth will judge in...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||6/15/15|
A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/27/15|
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/15|
A prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...