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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 2/1/14
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/3/14
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to poets and fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers working...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/14
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no more...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/28/14
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2013 by March 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

$0 Fiction $500 3/31/14
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 5/30/14
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