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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|
Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for a poem or group of poems. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines...
Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an essay. Elena Passarello will judge. Submit an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines....
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant
Grants of up to $10,000 will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||10000||3/27/13|
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants
Individual Artist Fellowships of $2,500 to $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $2,500 are given three times a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/29/13|
Innovative Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an innovative short story. Ben Marcus will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 30. Send an...
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for...