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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|
Poetry and Fiction Contest
Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Nick Flynn will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Bonnie Jo Campbell will judge...
Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/25/16|
Snowbound Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 29. All entries are considered for...
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize
A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2015 by March 11....
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alex Lemon will judge in poetry, Leslie Pietrzyk will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/16|
The Word Works
A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...