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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|
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee. If submitting by mail, include three copies of the story. Submissions open on December 15...
University of Texas
Dobie Paisano Fellowships
Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||1/15/14|
Writers at Work
A prize of $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, and tuition to attend the Writers at Work Conference in Alta, Utah, in June is given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/15/14|
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...
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. Cathy Park Hong will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Ramona Ausubel will judge...
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. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by...