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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
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
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of books published in 2013 by December 1. There is no...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/13
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 12/1/13
Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 1/13/14
Accenti
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $957) and publication in Accenti is given annually for a short story or an essay. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $20 Canadian (...

$19 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/7/14
Arcadia
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 4,000 to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by February...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/15/14
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