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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|
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$45,000||Residency||11/1/16|
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New York, office from March...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/1/16|
Open Season Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...
|$40||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/1/16|
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction
A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...
Emerging Writer Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||11/1/16|
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||11/5/16|
30 Below Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...
|$24||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/9/16|
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...
|$0||Creative Nonfiction||$500||Reading, Publication||11/15/16|
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||11/15/16|