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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|
Tucson Festival of Books
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Workshop||10/31/15|
University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in...
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Steve Almond will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||8/31/15|
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 will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...
Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 30. Previously published poems are...