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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|
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published at least...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||3/8/17|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Publication, Residency||3/1/17|
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/1/17|
Art and Change Grants
Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||3/1/17|
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 10,000 words with...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/1/17|
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...