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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|
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||11/30/13|
Spring Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second prize of...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||7/31/13|
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
|$125||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||6/3/13|
National Endowment for the Arts
Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are awarded annually to translators of poetry and prose who are working on specific translations of published works from any language into English. Applicants must have...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,500||12/9/13|
National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25...
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, will be given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees...