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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|
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Ned Stuckey-French will judge. Using...
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/30/16|
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...
Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Vievee Francis will judge....
Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook written by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a...
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/16|