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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.
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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner will also be invited to give...
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $27 entry fee by November 30. All entries...
Open Poetry Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Terrance Hayes will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art valued at $1,500...
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. Elisabeth Frost and Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Using the online submission system,...