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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|
Art and Change Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||8/1/14|
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$3,000||6/26/15|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Residency||3/1/14|
Library of Virginia
Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||2/12/15|
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest
A prize of $600 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website will be given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a...
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants
Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||4/3/15|