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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|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. Composer Steven R. Gerber will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review will be given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more...
Spring Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...
|$16||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||4/30/15|
Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,100) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,640) and a...