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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
The Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,450) will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner...

$25 Poetry $250 Publication 12/31/13
The Ledge
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($4 for each additional poem) by April 30. All entries...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
The Ledge
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee ($7 for each additional story) by February 28. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
The Ledge Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Ledge Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 28 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $13,492) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,698) and a third-place prize of €1,000 (...

$12 Poetry $13,492 Publication 12/31/13
The New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt for the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Knightvalle Poetry...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/14/14
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