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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|
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. Residents of South Carolina may submit three copies of up to 20 pages of poetry or prose and...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/11|
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/12|
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, and a United States military veteran writing in any genre who have a connection with upstate New...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||7/15/12|
Shakespeare and Company
Paris Literary Prize
A prize of €10,000 (approximately $12,275) will be given annually for a novella. Two second-place prizes of €2,000 (approximately $2,455) will also be given. Writers who have not published a book of...
|$93||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,275||9/15/12|
Wabash Prize for Nonfiction
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sycamore Review is given annually for an essay. Mary Karr will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 7,500 words with a...
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Reading, Residency||1/2/13|
International Literary Awards
Three prizes of $1,200 each are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erika Meitner will judge in poetry, Timothy Schaffert in fiction, and Marianne Gingher in creative nonfiction....
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,200||2/1/13|
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence
A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Residency||2/1/13|
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are given annually for a book of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||2/1/13|
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest
Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,200||Publication, Residency||2/28/13|
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages...