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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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A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...
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. Ned Stuckey-French will judge. Using...
Bosque Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Stegner will judge. Using the online submission system,...
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...
Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge....
Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...