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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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Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships
Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 20172018...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$40,500||Reading||2/1/17|
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel, memoir, or book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Submit the first twenty-five pages of a novel or creative nonfiction manuscript with a one-page...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||2/1/17|
University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...
American Short Fiction
American Short(er) Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Justin Torres will judge. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each...
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $24,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to U.S. poets, fiction...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$24,000||2/1/17|
WB Yeats Society of NY
Yeats Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring. Alfred Corn will...