Ya spends your money and ya takes your chances but ... you do that in almost everything. Some of these contests have no entry fee.
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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.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in High Desert Journal is given biennially for an essay set in or making reference to the West. The award rotates annually between fiction and creative...
$15Fiction, Creative Nonfiction$1,000Publication4/12/12Spoon River Poetry Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...
$20Poetry$1,000Publication4/15/12The Writer’s Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Fellowships are given biannually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to give readings at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Fellows within a 250-mile radius of the center...