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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|
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||1/31/17|
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...
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||3/1/17|
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||12/16/16|
Library of Virginia
Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||2/10/17|
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/17|