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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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Hidden River Publishing
A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over 40 who has not...
Snowbound Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $23 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for...
Raynes Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "union." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in a...
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Submit a story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a manuscript of...
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Robert Root will judge. Submit an essay...