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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|
Steinberg Essay Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words...
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||2/2/15|
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...
Winter Writers' Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/28/15|
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/14/15|
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||3/15/15|