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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|
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction, with...
|$0||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||7/1/15|
Muriel Craft Bailey Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Allison Joseph will judge. Submit up to five poems of 40 lines each with a $25 entry fee ($5 for each...
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...
Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards
The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...
Spring Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|