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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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Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $18 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems or a short story of up to 6,000 words with a $10...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 11/1/13
Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S....

$25 Fiction $15,000 Publication 11/10/13
Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/10/13
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, will be given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/13
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given for a short story. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2014 New Orleans Literary Festival and to...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Reading, Publication 11/15/13
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/13
Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually to an emerging writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to give a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 11/15/13
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/13
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2014 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/13
Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/18/13
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