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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|
Friends of American Writers
A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||12/10/15|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Publication, Residency||3/1/16|
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,150||10/5/15|
Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards
The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||12/18/15|
University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Rigoberto González will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago,...