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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|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/15|
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/15/15|
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||11/30/15|
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...
Fish Short Story Prize
A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,360) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Kevin Barry will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by...
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest
A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight will be given annually for a prose poem, a short-short story, or a micro-essay. Alison Stine will judge. Submit up to three pieces of...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||11/30/15|