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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|
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships
Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/11|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...
PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...
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/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|
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest
Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,200||Publication, Residency||2/28/13|