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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|
San Miguel Writers' Conference
Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...
|$30||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading, Conference Registration||11/2/14|
A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award
A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...
PEN Center USA
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/14|
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...
|$35||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/9/14|
PEN New England
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...