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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|
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Fellowships of $70,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$70,000||10/1/13|
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,350||10/5/13|
Thornton Writer Residency
A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend, is awarded annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The stipend amount varies annually...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Reading, Workshop, Residency||10/15/13|
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/13|
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...
|$23||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||11/15/13|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/13|