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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|
Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review will be given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner will also receive travel...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Leslie Jamison will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/1/15|
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...
Tomaž Šalamun Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Verse will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. Translations into English of works by...
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,180) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...