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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...

$25 Fiction $25,000 Publication 1/15/14
Kresge Foundation
Literary Artist Fellowships

Nine fellowships of $25,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers living in metropolitan Detroit. The fellowships are designed to enable writers to devote...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 2/1/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be U.S. residents. Submit three copies of a book...

$50 Fiction $25,000 12/16/13
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...

$75 Poetry $25,000 5/15/14
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

$75 Poetry, Fiction $26,000 12/1/13
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a grant of $27,000, at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first book of poetry or...

$45 Poetry, Fiction $27,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/28/14
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