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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|
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|
Short Short Story Competition
A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...
Writers at Work
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners also receive tuition to attend...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Richard Kenney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Hodson Trust–John Carter Brown Fellowship
A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||3/15/16|
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of up to 250 lines by...