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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
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/16|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the online submission system,...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/15/16|
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...
Mississippi Review Prize
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/2/16|
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/16|