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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||Publication||11/2/16|
American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||6/15/16|
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||6/30/16|
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Henri Cole will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $...
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture...