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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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Tony Quagliano International Poetry Fund
A prize of $1,000 will be given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one book or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies may submit four copies of...
The Story Prize
The Story Prize
A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each. Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey...
The Writer’s Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually to honor a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2011 by July 15. There is no entry fee. Call or...
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...
Truman State University Press
T. S. Eliot Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, call...
The Ledge Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by the Ledge Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 28 pages with an $18 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...