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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|
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies." Authors and...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||4/30/16|
Grants for Artist Projects
Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||5/23/16|
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|
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Self-Publishing Literary Awards
Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books...