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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|
National Poetry Series
Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Fence Books, HarperCollins...
PEN Center USA
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2013 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/13|
Prize for Innovative Fiction
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Starcherone Books is given annually for a book of fiction. Alissa Nutting will judge. Submit a novel, a short story collection, or a work of hybrid prose of up to 400...
PEN New England
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
A prize of $10,000 is given 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 Foundation in...
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
An academic year in residence, which includes a grant of $27,000, at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first book of poetry or...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction||$27,000||Reading, Workshop, Residency||2/28/14|
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are "intended...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/14|