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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.
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Hackney Literary Awards
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Northern Colorado Writers
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Lisa Zimmerman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...
Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...
Red Hen Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. William Trowbridge will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Ellaraine Lockie...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...