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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|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/14|
Lynx House Press
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the...
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||5/18/14|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/25/14|