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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|
Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship Award
A fellowship of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Adria...
Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award
A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...
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 $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$37,500||Reading||2/1/15|
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 $600 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website will be given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a...