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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|
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,600) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...
“1/2 K” Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. All entries are considered for publication. Dinty Moore will judge. Submit...
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards
Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||9/1/13|
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press will be given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction that "deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence." Submit a...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||9/1/13|
Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy...