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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|
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|
American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/30/16|
Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/16|
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...