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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/20/14
StoryQuarterly
Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives 25 author copies....

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/1/14
Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/14
Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/15/14
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors' Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 6/2/14
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