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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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Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Billy...
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...
University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Lorna Dee Cervantes will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago...
Raynes Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "union." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in a...
Poetry Open Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...