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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|
St. Francis College
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards
Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||9/1/15|
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/15|
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Up to seven grants of $12,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Up to seven finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,000||1/25/16|
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for books of fiction and creative nonfiction published during the previous two years. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/29/16|