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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Masters Review
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...

$20 Fiction $2,000 Publication 1/15/16
Book Prize

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
Two Sylvias Press
Wilder Series Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy will judge. Using the...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000...
$18 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/30/15
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. The theme for this year's contest is "Urge." The winning poem will also appear in an anthology...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an essay. Hybrid elements and unique textual, formal, or visual elements are encouraged, but not required. Ander Monson and...

$17 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/15/15
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