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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|
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/31/14|
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...
Black Warrior Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/14|
Poetry and Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Jeff Gundy will judge in poetry, and David James Poissant will judge in prose...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/14|
All About Love Writing Contest
A prize of $2,000 and possible publication in Good Housekeeping will be given annually for a story or essay on a theme. The 2014 prize will be given for a work of creative nonfiction on the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||9/1/14|
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest
Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the fifth annual...