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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|
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest
Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...
Ashland Creek Press
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
A prize of $1,000 and an offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/15|
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||9/4/15|
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/5/15|