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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||11/1/12|
Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 20 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/30/13|
Alice James Books
Kinereth Gensler Awards
At least one prize of $2,000, publication by Alice James Books, and a cooperative membership is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in New England, New York State, or New Jersey....
National Writing Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/13|
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of books published in 2013 by December 1. There is no...