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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|
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, Women Writers Fellowships of...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||6/28/13|
Thornton Writer Residency
A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend, is awarded annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The stipend amount varies annually...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Reading, Workshop, Residency||10/15/13|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/3/14|
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant
Grants of up to $10,000 will be 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||10000||3/27/13|
Langum Charitable Trust
Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2013 by...
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$15,000||5/15/13|