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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|
Spring Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second prize of...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||7/31/13|
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,600) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards
Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||9/1/13|
Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Professional Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||8/1/13|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Five awards of $6,000 each will be given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Five Promise Awards of $1,000 each will also be given twice yearly to poets...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||8/31/13|
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of...