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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|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
International Short Fiction Competition
A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and publication on the Writers Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/10/15|
New American Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Larry Watson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or flash...
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U....