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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 Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New York, office from March...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/16|
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||weeklong residency in Florida||5/15/16|
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/17|
American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships
Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||9/30/16|
American Academy in Rome
Up to two fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend eleven months at the American Academy in Rome. Fellows receive a $28,000 stipend, lodging,...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$28,000||$28,000, residency||11/1/16|
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||10/5/16|