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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|
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|
Kundiman/Alice James Books
Kundiman Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Alice James Books will judge. Submit a...
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||2/15/14|
Raynes Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "union." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in a...
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||2/1/14|
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...