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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|
Literary Blockbuster Challenge
A prize of $5,000 will be given annually to an unpublished or self-published novel that combines elements of literary and mainstream fiction. A second-place prize of $2,500 and a third-place prize of $1,...
“1/2 K” Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. All entries are considered for publication. Dinty Moore will judge. Submit...
Iowa Review Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Robyn Schiff will judge in poetry, Rachel Kushner will judge...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||1/31/14|
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$16,000||Reading, Residency||3/15/14|
Jeff Sharlet Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. Anthony...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/14|