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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|
Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize
A prize of £30,000 (approximately $49,473) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction published in the preceding year that "displays creative, imaginative, and innovative use of the English...
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Fellowships in Poetry and Prose
Fellowships ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 each are awarded biennially to New Jersey poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support new work. Full-time New Jersey residents who are...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,000||7/15/11|
North Carolina Arts Council
Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||11/1/12|
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||weeklong residency in Florida||5/15/16|
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships
Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/11|
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||6/15/16|