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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.
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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...
Women Poets Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection. The prize is open to U.S. women poets who have already published a book-length poetry collection in an...
North Carolina Arts Council
Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||11/1/12|
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|