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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|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 25 pages of prose...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/15/12|
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...
|$22||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||10/30/12|
Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for an unpublished group of poems, a short story, a novel or novel-in-progress, and an essay. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||10/31/12|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana...
North Carolina Arts Council
Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||11/1/12|
Writing Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually for study and research in Scandinavia to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators of literature. For...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$23,000||11/1/12|