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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|
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication|
American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of American Short Fiction will be given annually for a short story. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20...
First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Gregory Orr will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 76 pages with a $30 entry fee...
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
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 by a woman writer. Submit a poem of no more...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication|