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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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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. Robert Root will judge. Submit an essay...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Tusculum Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Sara Pritchard will judge in fiction. Submit...
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...
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humor poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of any length by April 1...
Saturday's Child Press
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Saturday's Child Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story by a woman or a translation into English of a short story by a woman. Judith Johnson will...
ABQ Writers Co-op
Bosque Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt. Manuel Munoz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or novel excerpt of...