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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|
Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||3/1/12|
Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a debut novel published in the United States in the preceding two years and set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free...
Short Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/15/13|
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press will be given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...