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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|
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/2/16|
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/16|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/16|
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($20 for five poems) by...
William Stafford Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by November 10. Visit the...
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Rachel Hadas will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...