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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|
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
A fellowship of $13,000 is given annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least two years. Using the online submission system, submit...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$13,000||5/10/13|
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of...
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$15,000||5/15/13|
University of East Anglia
Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship
A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, which includes a stipend of 10,000 euros (approximately $16,000), is given annually to an unpublished fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$16,000||Residency||1/31/13|
BBC National Short Story Award
A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...
A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, will be given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||3/15/13|