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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|
Willow Springs Editions
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Editions and Lost Horse Press is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages...
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||5/18/15|
Grants for Artist Projects
Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit a writing sample...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||5/18/15|
A prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships
Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$250||Reading||5/30/15|
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...