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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|
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,150||10/5/15|
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Up to six grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts poets. Up to six finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of poetry by...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||10/5/15|
University of Louisville
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare...
National Writing Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...
|$18||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/15/15|
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Laura van den Berg will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||10/15/15|