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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|
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship
Fellowships of $4,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and unlimited access to the center's Writers' Studio is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who...
Nelson Algren Literary Awards
A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Three finalists also receive $1,000, and four runners-up receive $...
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction...
|$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|
Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a book-...