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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|
Library of Virginia
Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||2/12/16|
Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. Edwidge Danticat will judge. Using the online submission system,...
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/14/16|
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Hadara Bar-Nadav will judge in poetry and Peter Orner will judge in fiction...
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||2/16/16|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||2/26/16|