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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|
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards
Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Workshop||9/12/16|
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Citizens and permanent...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||9/19/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana...
Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press is given annually for a poem. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November 15....
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...
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|