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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 $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...
Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies
Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||2/1/16|
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships
Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $38,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to a poet and a fiction writer working on their first books....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$38,500||Reading||2/1/16|
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the final word count should be at least...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||2/1/16|
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...