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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|
Open Season Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/1/15|
A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,140) and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a novella. Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, and Joan Thomas will judge....
Poetry and Short Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,140) each and publication in PRISM are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story of up...
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each are also given for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress...
|$40||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||5/15/16|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||Publication||11/2/16|
PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...