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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.

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Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/16
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($20 for five poems) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/16
African Poetry Book Fund
Sillerman First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/16
Australian Book Review
Peter Porter Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,800) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for a poem. Ali Alizadeh, Jill Jones, and Felicity Plunkett will judge. Submit a...

$15 Poetry $5,000 Publication 12/1/16
December
Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Adrian Matejka will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 12/1/16
Langum Charitable Trust
David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2016 by...

$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/16
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