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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|
American Literary Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/16|
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||10/1/16|
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages...
Los Angeles Review
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/16|
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, Carlow University'...
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize
Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...
|$22||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Publication||10/1/16|