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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Deadlinesort icon
Alice James Books
Kinereth Gensler Awards

At least one prize of $2,000, publication by Alice James Books, and a cooperative membership is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in New England, New York State, or New Jersey....

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/1/13
Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/13
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,350 10/5/13
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Publication is not required, but recent winners have been published poets. Submit two copies of...
$0 Poetry $54,000 10/15/13
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry book. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Stephen Dunn...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 10/31/13
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually for study and research in Scandinavia to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators of literature. For...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/13
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