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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|
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction||$30,000||Reading, Workshop, Residency||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...
University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award
A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript....
University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships
Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||1/15/17|
Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prizes
Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...
University of Iowa Press
Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction
Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Meghan Daum will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...