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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|
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 $2,000 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||6/7/13|
Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||1/13/14|
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public...
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with...
|$0||Poetry, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||7/1/13|
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, Women Writers Fellowships of...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||6/28/13|