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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|
Prizes in Poetry and Prose
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 three poems of any length or...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/16|
Poetry Chapbook Contest
A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Michael A. Sickler will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...
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|
Short Story and Nonfiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Dzanc Books will be given annually for a short story collection and an essay collection, memoir, or biography. Michelle Dotter and Guy Intoci will judge....
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/30/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...