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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|
Friends of American Writers
A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published in the current year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest or whose book features a Midwestern...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||12/10/12|
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit five copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/3/12|
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of books published in 2011 by December 1. There is no...
Langum Charitable Trust
Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published in the current year. Submit three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2012 by December 1. There is no entry fee...
Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for poetry, fiction, and essays published by literary magazines or small presses in the current year. Editors may...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Publication||12/1/12|
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 are given three times a year to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||11/16/12|