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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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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Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives a residency of two to...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/5/14
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story, essay, or prose poem. For the Waasnode Short Fiction Prize, submit a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Fady Joudah will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/14
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit books published in 2013 by April 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE,...

$0 Fiction $1,000 4/1/14
Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/16/14
Ploughshares
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 5/15/14
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