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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...
Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Hippocrates Prize Open International Award
A prize of 5,000 (approximately $8,094) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A second-place prize of 1,000 (approximately $1,619) is also...
Lamar York Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Submit a story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. C. D. Wright will judge in poetry; Amy Hempel will judge in fiction; and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/14|
Short Memoir Prize
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Dermot Healy will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €...