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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|
New American Press
A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Larry Watson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or flash...
New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Steve Almond will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,...
Spring Travel Writing Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||7/1/15|
University of Georgia Press
Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for collections of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 31...
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to women poets and creative...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||6/30/15|
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$250||Reading||5/30/15|