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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|
Colorado Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Tyrone Williams will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards
Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/22/15|
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given quarterly for an essay. The theme for the Summer 2016 issue is "Childhood." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,...
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/20/15|