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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|
Writers at Work
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||1/31/15|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/15|
Winter Writers' Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/28/15|
Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
Unterberg Poetry Center
“Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prizes
Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a first or second book of poetry or...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction||$30,000||Reading, Workshop, Residency||2/28/15|