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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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Women Poets Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection. The prize is open to U.S. women poets who have already published a book-length poetry collection in an...
Barrow Street Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American author for a short story collection or novel. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers will...
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mekeel McBride will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee...
Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...