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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.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...
Iowa Review Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Robyn Schiff will judge in poetry, Rachel Kushner will judge...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||1/31/14|
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer under 30 who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of five...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||1/31/14|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Submit a story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/14|