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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|
PEN Center USA
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/15|
PEN New England
A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/1/15|
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the...
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at...