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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 $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/1/16|
Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction
A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee, which includes a...
American Academy in Rome
Up to two fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend eleven months at the American Academy in Rome. Fellows receive a $28,000 stipend, lodging,...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$28,000||$28,000, residency||11/1/16|
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award
A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a...
PEN Center USA
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/16|
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...