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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|
Bernheim Writing Residency
A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Reading, Residency||12/15/14|
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||12/19/14|
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards
Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/22/14|
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review will be given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Patricia Grace King will...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/30/14|
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||12/31/14|
Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/31/14|