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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|
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
|$135||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||5/15/15|
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and trans poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$15,000||5/15/15|
Emerging Writer's Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/15/15|
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition
A $7,500 prize will be given annually for a novel. A $2,000 prize for a book of nonfiction, and three $1,500 prizes for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress will also be given. The winners...
|$40||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||5/15/15|
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||5/18/15|