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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|
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||12/7/15|
National Endowment for the Arts
Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,500||12/8/15|
Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/15/15|
Open Poetry Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Calvin Bedient will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...
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...