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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New York, office from March...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 10/28/16
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Workshop 9/12/16
Langum Charitable Trust
David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2016 by...

$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/16
Caine Prize for African Writing
Caine Prize for African Writing

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,400) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $770) and some travel...

$0 Fiction $15,400 1/31/16
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 stipend of up to $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 2/1/16
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