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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|
Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2016 (...
Mad River Books
Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michael Kardos will judge. Using the online...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/20/17|
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of up to $1,500 are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to poets...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||1/31/17|
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Richard Bausch will judge. Submit a story of 10 to 50 pages with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online...
Morton and McCarthy Prizes
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,000||Publication||1/31/17|