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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|
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$3,000||6/24/16|
First/Second Book Prize
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...
International Short Story Prize
A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé...
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||weeklong residency in Florida||5/15/16|
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor...
|$0||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||7/1/16|
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||5/5/16|