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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|
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of fiction or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism or...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/13|
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). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/16/13|
Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||3/1/12|
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship
Fellowships of $4,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and unlimited access to the center's Writers' Studio is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who...
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...