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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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 Deadlinesort icon
PEN American Center
PEN Translation Prize
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of prose from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be U.S. residents. Submit three copies of a book...

$50 Fiction $25,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for an essay collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or American citizens. Submit three copies of...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of physical or biological sciences published during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for book-length work of any genre by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Writers may be of any nationality, and must not have...

$50 $5,000 12/16/13
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 10...

$15 Poetry $2,500 Publication 12/21/13
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