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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|
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition
A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book...
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||12/16/16|
Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards
Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit several of the 13 GLCA colleges,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||7/25/16|
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award
A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Residency||7/15/15|
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize
A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...
|$0||Creative Nonfiction||$500||Reading, Publication||11/15/16|