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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|
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. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of...
Creative Nonfiction Grant
Up to three grants of $35,000 each will be given annually to writers completing a book of creative nonfiction that is currently under contract with a publisher. Writers who signed a contract before May 1...
Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
Willow Springs Books
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee...
North Street Book Prize
Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, genre fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||6/30/16|
Annual Writing Competition
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||6/1/16|