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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|
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants
Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/16|
Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award
A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction,...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/1/16|
Salem State University
Claire Keyes Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee, which...
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
An academic year in residence, which includes a prize of $3,000 and a stipend of $27,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction||$3,000||Reading, Workshop, Residency||2/29/16|