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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|
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a work of fiction or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Using the online submission system, submit up to 15...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/1/15|
Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in December will be given annually for a group of poems. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Highfield Press website will be given quarterly for an essay on a theme, inspired by a photo posted on the press's website for each contest. The theme for the...
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review will be given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are...
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/1/15|
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...