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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.
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Poetry Society of America
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are open to...
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 published in 2013 by...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||12/31/13|
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of fiction or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism or...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/13|
Glimmer Train Press
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Submit three copies of a...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||12/31/13|