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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|
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael Griffith will...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/16|
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Jim Shepard will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/31/16|
"1/2 K" Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 500 words. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/15/16|
Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website...
The Word Works
Tenth Gate Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published two or more full-length books of poetry. Leslie McGrath will judge. Using the...
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/10/16|