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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|
Center for Fiction
Christopher Doheny Award
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-threatening illness. The winner...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/15/16|
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/16|
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards
Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/23/16|
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/5/16|
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Submit a manuscript of 12 to 20 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 1...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds will be given annually for a poem. Lisa Starr will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...