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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|
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award
A prize of $500 and publication by Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages by March 1. There is no...
Tartt Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by...
Library of Virginia
Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||2/14/14|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/3/14|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Residency||3/1/14|