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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|
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at the...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/31/13|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $1,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||2/28/14|
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,500||Publication||2/28/14|
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...
Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's editor and agent also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the First Novelist Festival...
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency
A seven-month residency, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||3/1/14|