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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|
Jake Adam York Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||10/1/16|
Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,250||Publication||10/15/16|
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a novel or novel-in-progress. Two additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit five poems of no more than 100...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/5/16|
Emerging Writer Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||11/1/16|