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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.
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Wallace Stegner Fellowships
Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a...
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition
A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...
Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||Publication||12/1/15|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading, Publication||12/1/15|
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||12/1/15|