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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|
Fall Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...
|$22||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||11/30/14|
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second prize of $1,500 and publication is also awarded. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at...
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize
A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. C. D....
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||10/31/14|
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award
A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...