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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|
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Submit a printed copy of the first 50 to 60 pages of a...
|$20||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||3/15/12|
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards
Grants of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 are also given biennially to writers in the early stages...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||3/15/12|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...
Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. D. A. Powell will judge....
High Desert Journal
A prize of $1,000 and publication in High Desert Journal is given biennially for an essay set in or making reference to the West. The award rotates annually between fiction and creative...
|$15||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/12/12|
Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennually for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Janice Harrington will judge. Submit...