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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|
Friends of American Writers
A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||12/10/16|
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||1/15/17|
Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of up to 45...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/30/16|
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award
A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds will be given annually for a poem. Lisa Starr will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...
A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given occasionally for an essay. A $5,000 runner-up prize is also awarded. The theme for the Fall 2017 issue is "The Dialogue Between...