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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|
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...
Hackney Literary Awards
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Publication||10/1/15|
American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships
Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||9/30/15|
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards
Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Workshop||9/30/15|
Life Lessons Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...