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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.
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Poetry and Short Story Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25...
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story on a theme. The winner also receives tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop and two tickets to a...
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2013 by March 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Tusculum Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Sara Pritchard will judge in fiction. Submit...
University of Nebraska Press
Prairie Schooner Book Prizes
Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for collections of poetry and short fiction. Submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages of poetry or 150 pages...