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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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Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August 2017 in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A...

$20 Fiction $3,000 Publication 11/15/16
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Pleiades Press
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays....

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 11/15/16
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Ander Monson will judge. Submit up to three pieces of no...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,008 11/15/16
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$32 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Philadelphia Stories
Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Lamont B. Steptoe will judge....

$12 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
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