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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 prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/14|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest
Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,200||Publication, Residency||2/28/13|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||8/31/14|
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story on a theme. The winner also receives tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop and two tickets to a...
Danahy Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...