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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|
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||12/31/15|
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition
A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...
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||12/31/15|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading, Publication||12/1/15|
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition
A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...
Burnside Review Press
A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Szybist will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...