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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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Biographers International Organization
Rowley Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given biennially for a biography proposal by a writer who has not yet published a biography. The winner will also be considered for representation by a participating literary...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $2,000 12/31/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 Publication 11/2/15
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,125) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 20. All entries...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/20/15
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/15
PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/31/15
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