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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|
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|
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|
Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...
Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest
Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...
University of Notre Dame Press
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible. Submit...