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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|
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest
Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...
Spring Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by August 15. All...
Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review will be given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner will also receive travel...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Leslie Jamison will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/1/15|
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...