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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 prize of $1,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with...
Short Memoir Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...
A prize of $12,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given occasionally for a work-in-progress of creative nonfiction by a writer not yet established in the genre. U.S. writers who have published at...
A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Reading, Publication||5/31/14|
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...
|$16||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/31/14|
Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize
A prize of £30,000 (approximately $49,473) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction published in the preceding year that "displays creative, imaginative, and innovative use of the English...