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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.

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TulipTree Publishing
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 9/16/16
Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 9/19/16
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Citizens and permanent...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 9/19/16
Travelers' Tales
Solas Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont are...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/21/16
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,900) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in Manchester, England, in November....

$23 Poetry, Fiction $12,900 9/23/16
Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hippocampus Magazine is given annually for an essay. The winner will also receive free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference for creative nonfiction...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/23/16
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