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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|
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$45,000||Residency||11/1/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Donna Stonecipher will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/17|
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...
|$18||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||4/30/16|
Writers at Work
Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also choose to receive either $...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/17|
Montana Award for Fiction
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $...
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August 2017 in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A...