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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|
Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||6/15/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont are...
Tucson Festival of Books
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Workshop||10/31/16|
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alex Lemon will judge in poetry, Leslie Pietrzyk will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/16|
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||9/16/16|
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$250||Reading||6/17/16|