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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|
Spoon River Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...
The Writer’s Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the center receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$250||Reading||4/12/13|
Emerging Writer’s Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/2/13|
Sherwood Anderson Foundation
A prize of approximately $15,000 is given annually to an emerging fiction writer. Writers who have published up to two books of fiction or a number of stories in literary journals are eligible. Submit a...
Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press will be given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one book of poems and who have lived in Alabama, Arkansas...
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Vern Cowles Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Cape Rock will be given annually for a group of poems. Susan Swartwout will judge. Submit three poems of 120 lines or less, with a $20 entry fee by April 1....