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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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James Dickey Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE,...
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines....
Founding Members Award for College Writers
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by African American college students. The winners will be invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards...
Tartt Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...