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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|
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...
Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. The winning story is published as a chapbook. Using the online submission system, submit...
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hill-Stead Museum is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead in...
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...
|$35||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/12|
Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000, 50 author copies, and publication by Codhill Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $25 entry fee...