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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|
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants
Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/15|
Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award
A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...
St. Petersburg Review
A prize of $1,000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize...
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/2/15|
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...
|$35||Creative Nonfiction||$3,000||Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses||3/2/15|
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives up to $1,000 for travel...