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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|
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/15/16|
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction||$30,000||Reading, Workshop, Residency||2/1/17|
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies online magazine is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a "reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive...
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...
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|
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,500||Publication||2/28/17|