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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|
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...
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...
Poetry Open Book Contest
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...
New American Press
New American Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Jillian Weise will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...
National Endowment for the Arts
Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are awarded annually to translators of poetry and prose who are working on specific translations of published works from any language into English. Applicants must have...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$12,500||12/9/13|
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,349), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...
|$7||Poetry||$1,349||Reading, Publication, Residency||12/15/13|