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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|
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...
North Carolina Arts Council
Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||11/1/12|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||11/1/12|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...
Short Story Collection Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete...
International Fellowship for Scholars and Writers
A two-year fellowship of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) will be given annually for a work-in-progress of fiction written in English or Hebrew. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible. Submit...