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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|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...
|$35||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/6/12|
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a...
Short Story Collection Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete...
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Reading, Residency||1/2/13|
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...