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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|
Open Poetry Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Calvin Bedient will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...
Biographers International Organization
A prize of $2,000 will be given biennially for a biography proposal by a writer who has not yet published a biography. The winner will also be considered for representation by a participating literary...
Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel published during the past two years. Submit a book published in 2014 or 2015 with a $25...
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of up to 45...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/30/15|
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|
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...