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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|
30 Below Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/15/15|
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annu-ally for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||Publication||11/2/15|
Writing Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in...
|$60||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$23,000||11/1/15|
Briar Cliff Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/15|
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/15|