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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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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...
Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Lamont B. Steptoe will judge....
Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Brenda Shaughnessy will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...