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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
Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

$5 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/24/15
Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 9/21/15
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $75,000 9/23/15
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

$0 Fiction Publication 9/30/15
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of either up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and up to 20 pages of...

$0 Poetry $54,000 10/15/15
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