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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 Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
Passages North
Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an essay. Elena Passarello will judge. Submit an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 3/22/13
Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $15,000 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of March 31 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

$0 Poetry $15,000 3/31/13
Pearl Editions
Pearl Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Pearl Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Fred Voss will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE or...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Poets who have not published more than one collection, or who have...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/15/13
PEN American Center
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
$50 Poetry $3,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN Translation Prize
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of prose from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 12/16/13
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