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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|
John Steinbeck Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...
Quercus Review Press
Poetry Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Dana Koster will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award. Submit a manuscript of up to...
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest
A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Ander Monson will judge. Submit up to three pieces of no...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,008||11/15/16|
Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Publication||12/1/16|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/16|
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/16|