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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|
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$75,000||9/15/16|
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||9/15/16|
Red Hen Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay...
|$5||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/15/16|
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||9/16/16|
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Citizens and permanent...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||9/19/16|
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,900) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in Manchester, England, in November....