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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.
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Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...
Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel....
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...
Alice James Books
Alice James Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book...