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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|
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||1/31/14|
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize
Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $63,211) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Publishers may submit...
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||2/1/14|
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||2/15/14|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Residency||3/1/14|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||3/3/14|