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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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.

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Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Narrative
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
Narrative
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-place...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Winter 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-place prize...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/14
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...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/14
National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

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 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...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/13
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