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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|
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||5/5/16|
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Citizens and permanent...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||9/19/16|
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...
|$0||Creative Nonfiction||$500||Reading, Publication||11/15/16|
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize
Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Sue Goyette, Joan...
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/2/16|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/16|