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Creative Writing Essay Contests 2011


Winning a writing contest can bring you recognition and help get your work noticed by agents and editors. Our Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database offers a year’s worth of listings from Poets & Writers Magazine, and connects poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with the most comprehensive selection of contests that provide publication and/or funding for writers.

We also offer a Submission Calendar that includes writing contests arranged by deadline date, as well as Recent Winners, a section from the magazine that features newly announced contest winners. You can stay informed with G&A: The Contest Blog, featuring reports from the world of writing contests, including news of extended deadlines, recent winners of notable awards, new contest announcements, interviews with winners, and more.

We carefully review the practices and policies of each writing competition and awards program before including it in our listings, both in print and online, ensuring that Poets & Writers is the most trusted resource for legitimate grants and awards for writers.

Use our Submissions Tracker to easily keep track of which contests you’ve submitted to, the amount of money you’ve spent on fees, the status of your submissions, and how much time has passed since you submitted your work—all in one place.

Other Resources

PEN America offers a list of grants, awards, fellowships and residencies on its website. Also, contact your state or local arts council to learn about grants for writers available in your area.

2004 Winner of the Brenda L. Smart Fiction Prize
Misha Angrist, "Paper Boy" (Durham, NC)

Honorable Mentions
Tim McBride, "Mr. Wittington" (Cary, NC)
Robert McGee, "Ed Ramirez" (Asheville, NC)

Kate Betterton, "When They Ring the Orchard Bell" (Chapel Hill, NC)
William Conescu, "The Bridge Group" (Durham, NC)
Whit Coppedge, "Towers" (Chapel Hill, NC)
Claire Guyton, "Where Your Head Goes" (Raleigh, NC)
Irene Harvley-Felder, "Naming the Stars" (Burlington, NC)
Vishal Khanna, "Garbo's Eyes" (Winston-Salem, NC)
Paul Koning, "The Ends of the Earth" (Raleigh, NC)
Nicholas Perros, "Break Up" (Raleigh, NC)
Penelope Robbins, "Girlfriend" (Raleigh, NC)
Denise Sherman, "Gift From A Sinister Santa" (Raleigh, NC)
Mallory Tarses, "Boy At Sea" (Wilmington, NC)
Art Taylor, "Mrs. Marple and the Hit-and-Run" (Raleigh, NC)
Tara Thompson, "Bald" (Wilmington, NC)

Winner of the 2004 Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction
Tracie Fellers, "Reverb" (Greensboro, NC)

Honorable Mention
Kevin Boyle, "Palm" (Burlington, NC)

C.L. Dowd, "By The Numbers" (Chapel Hill, NC)
Linda Finigan, "Simple Mission" (Durham, NC)
Mary Hennessy, "In Over Her Head" (Raleigh, NC)
Colin Hickey, "Courage" (Raleigh, NC)
Michael Jasper, "Tiny Disaster" (Wake Forest, NC)
Sharon Kurtzman, "Fresh Air" (Raleigh, NC)
Jason Lundberg "The Artists' Penaptych" (Raleigh, NC)
Greg Shemkovitz, "When You Get Home Late At Night" (Greensboro, NC)
Shelley Stout, "Comfort in the Poetry of Songs" (Matthews, NC)
Mallory Tarses, "World Series, 1979" (Wilmington, NC)
Art Taylor, "Here For You" (Raleigh, NC)
Jodi Lynn Villers, "H is for Husband, B is for Baby" (Raleigh, NC)
Brent Winter, "I Wish I Could Tell You" (Carrboro, NC)
Leslie Youngblood, "Daddy's Biscuits" (Greensboro, NC)

Winner of the 2004 Undergraduate Fiction Prize
Millie Breedlove, "I'm Not Afraid, Exactly" (senior, English)