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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 $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$250||Reading||5/30/14|
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||5/25/14|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||5/18/14|
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U...