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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|
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each are also given for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress...
|$40||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||5/15/16|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||Publication||11/2/16|
A prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||6/15/16|
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|
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to hundreds...