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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|
Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/31/14|
University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships
Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||1/15/15|
A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Publication||1/4/15|
Bethesda Literary Festival
Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Publication||1/23/15|
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest
A prize of $600 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website will be given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/1/15|