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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.
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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|
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2015 by March 11....
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|
Poetry and Fiction Contest
Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Nick Flynn will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Bonnie Jo Campbell will judge...
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Tusculum Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Sara Pritchard will judge in fiction. Submit...
Tucson Festival of Books
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Workshop||10/31/15|