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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 $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are given annually for a book of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||2/1/14|
Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Three finalists also receive $1,000, and four runners-up receive $...
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||2/1/14|
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies
Two four-month residencies, each including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to poets and fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers working...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||2/1/14|