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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|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||9/4/15|
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest
Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by August 15. All...
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||8/10/15|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/5/15|