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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|
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards
Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||10/5/16|
American Literary Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/1/16|
Briar Cliff Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/16|
University of Massachusetts Press
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The...
Short Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...