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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in a participating journal are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Writers at Work
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners also receive tuition to attend...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...
Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Hippocrates Prize Open International Award
A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,700) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) is also...
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Tayari Jones will judge in fiction; Dinty W. Moore will judge in nonfiction....
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Khaled Mattawa will judge in poetry, Joan Silber will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/16|