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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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Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a first book of poetry. Poets who have not published a full-length collection are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...
Writing Fellowship for New Parents
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...
Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry
A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at select colleges in Florida...
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...
Trio House Press
First/Second Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio...