Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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.

Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Charles Yu will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/2/17
Genre: Fiction

Five prizes of $10,000 are each given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the current year by a writer age 35 or younger. Publishers may submit 10...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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