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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|
A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships
Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $38,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to a poet and a fiction writer working on their first books....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$38,500||Reading||2/1/16|
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||2/2/15|
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest
A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||3/9/16|
University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...