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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|
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the final word count should be at least...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||2/1/16|
National Poetry Series
Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Beacon Press, Ecco,...
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||3/9/16|
Winter Story Contest
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...
|$23||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||Publication||3/31/16|
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/16|
New Ohio Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||4/15/16|