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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|
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner...
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Residency||3/1/14|
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose by January 27. There is no...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||1/27/14|
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||1/31/14|
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/13|
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Reading, Residency||1/2/14|