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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

$30 Fiction $5,000 9/30/16
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $75,000 9/15/16
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

$17 Fiction $1,000 6/30/16
Highfield Press
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Highfield Press website is given quarterly for an essay on a theme, inspired by a photo posted on the press's website for each contest. The theme for the summer...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hippocampus Magazine is given annually for an essay. The winner will also receive free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference for creative nonfiction...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/23/16
Hippocrates Prize
Open International Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,200) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. Using the online submission system, submit...

$9 Poetry $1,200 Publication 1/31/17
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