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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|
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||8/10/15|
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October....
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||6/14/15|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition
A $7,500 prize will be given annually for a novel. A $2,000 prize for a book of nonfiction, and three $1,500 prizes for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress will also be given. The winners...
|$40||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||5/15/15|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a poem or group of poems and an essay. Submit up to three poems or an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/20/15|