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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 Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2013 by March 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

$0 Fiction $500 3/31/14
Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/31/14
Spark
Poetry and Prose Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology will be given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive a lifetime membership...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 10/1/14
University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Dana Gioia will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/12
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. Angie Estes...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/30/14
Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
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