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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|
New American Press
New American Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Gina Frangello will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or...
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/10/16|
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 or self-published a book...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/16|
University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Allison Joseph will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...
Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $...