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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|
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...
First Book Award
A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a female-identified poet. Poets who have not published a full-length collection or a...
The Word Works
A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...
|$18||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||4/30/16|
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/14/16|
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Hadara Bar-Nadav will judge in poetry and Peter Orner will judge in fiction...