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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 prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/31/14|
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review will be given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/15/14|
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/14|
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships
Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$37,500||Reading||2/1/15|