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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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Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...
Short Story Collection Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Georgetown Review Press will be given annually for a short story collection or one or more novellas. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by...
Hackney Literary Awards
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Northern Colorado Writers
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, will be given annually for a poem. David Mason will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...
Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...
Red Hen Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Hilda Raz will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...