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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
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Five fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The fellowships are given to writers who are "isolated from the literary...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||8/1/16|
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/31/16|
Poetry and Fiction Contest
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Stephen Dunn will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Sarah Braunstein...
Spring Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...
|$24||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||7/31/16|
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,260) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...
Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $780) and publication in Malahat Review is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of 2,000 to 3,000 words with a $40 entry fee, which includes a...