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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|
Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. Roxane Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
St. Petersburg Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Chinaka Hodge will judge in poetry and Taiye Selasi will judge in fiction. Using...
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words...
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||2/2/15|
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...