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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.
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Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...
Creative Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September...
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Poets who have not published more than one collection, or who have...
A Room of Her Own Foundation
To the Lighthouse Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. Tracy K. Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $20 entry fee by...
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...
Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. David Shields will judge. Submit an essay or excerpt of a longer...