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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|
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...
|$100||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||3/18/16|
A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...
|$19||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/29/16|
Curt Johnson Prose Awards
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December are given annually for a short story and an essay. Anthony Marra will judge in fiction and Eula Biss will judge in nonfiction. Submit a...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||6/15/16|
Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||8/1/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/5/16|
Short Story and Nonfiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Dzanc Books will be given annually for a short story collection and an essay collection, memoir, or biography. Michelle Dotter and Guy Intoci will judge....
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/30/16|
Emerging Writer Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||11/1/16|