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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|
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||5/5/16|
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$150,000||6/22/16|
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Up to seven grants of $12,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Up to seven finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,000||1/25/16|
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/17|
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 four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/2/16|
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...