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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Stephen Dunn will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Sarah Braunstein...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 8/15/16
Highfield Press
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Highfield Press website is given quarterly for an essay on a theme, inspired by a photo posted on the press's website for each contest. The theme for the summer...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...

$20 Fiction $2,000 Publication 7/15/16
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Seattle Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Seattle Review will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Claudia Rankine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S....
$18 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 7/8/16
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