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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|
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 that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants
Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 each are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||4/30/15|
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants
Fellowships of $5,000 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||3/1/15|
International Poetry Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...
Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,100) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,640) and a...
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Stephen Dunn will judge in poetry, Kyle Minor will judge...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/31/15|