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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|
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
|$28||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/16|
Los Angeles Review
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/1/16|
New Ohio Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/16|
Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...
Beacon Street Prize
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/30/16|
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...