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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 $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/15/16|
Center for Fiction
Christopher Doheny Award
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-threatening illness. The winner...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/15/16|
A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given occasionally for an essay. A $5,000 runner-up prize is also awarded. The theme for the Fall 2017 issue is "The Dialogue Between...
Cider Press Review
A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Anne Harding Woodworth will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with...
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/5/16|