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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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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....
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...
Carolina Wren Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...
Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...
Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection and who have lived in Alabama...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...