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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|
Spring Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||7/31/14|
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,753) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...
Black Warrior Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/14|
Creative Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....
A Room of Her Own Foundation
To the Lighthouse Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in travel and promotional expenses. C. D. Wright...