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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|
Farmingdale State College
Paumanok Poetry Award
A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is given annually for a group of poems. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no...
Red Mountain Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Sarah Sousa will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($28 for electronic...
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||9/15/16|
Red Hen Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay...
|$5||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/15/16|
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||9/16/16|
Life Lessons Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...