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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|
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books will be given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who...
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Grants of $7,500 each are given biennially to Massachusetts poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||1/30/12|
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/12|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Potomac Review is given biennially for a poem. The award rotates annually between poetry and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. Using the...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/1/12|
Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program are eligible. Submit up...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||2/26/12|