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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|
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading...
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...
|$20||Fiction||$3,000||Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration||11/17/14|
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...
PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||2/1/13|
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence
A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Residency||2/1/13|
Crab Orchard Review
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...