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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|
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|
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers
A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems by November 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...
Society of Classical Poets
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology of the Society of Classical Poets will be given for a group of poems that incorporate meter and rhyme. All entries are considered for publication...
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|
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|
Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...
St. Francis College
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published work of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Peter Cameron, Kate Christensen, and Jonathan...
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and bilingual publication by Bordighera Press is given annually for a poetry collection written in English to be translated into Italian. The prize is evenly divided between the poet,...